Issues of asylum, migration, humanitarian protection and integration/belonging are of growing interest beyond the disciplines of refugee studies, migration, and social policy. Rooted in more than two decades of scholarship, this book uses critical social theory and the participatory, biographical and arts-based methods used with asylum seekers, refugees and emerging communities to explore the dynamics of the asylum-migration-community nexus. It argues that interdisciplinary analysis is required to deal with the complexity of the issues involved and offers understanding as praxis (purposeful knowledge), drawing on innovative research that is participatory, arts-based, performative and policy-relevant.
Maggie O'Neill is Reader in Criminology in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University. She has extensive research experience in the field of forced migration using ethnographic, visual and participatory methodologies. Her previous publications include Adorno, culture and feminism (1999), Prostitution and feminism (2001) and Prostitution: Sex work, policy and politics co-authored with Teela Sanders and Jane Pitcher (2009). Maggie was co-editor of Sociology from 1999-2002 and has recently co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Visual Studies.
Contents: Part one: Globalisation and the asylum-migration-community nexus: Introduction: the asylum-migration-community nexus; Globalisation, humiliation, transnational communities and social justice; Human rights and the law; Part two: Contemporary Theoretical and Methodological approaches: Researching the asylum-migration-community nexus; Re-presenting refugees and asylum seekers in the British media; Diasporic communities and the impact of dispersal: participatory action research and participatory arts; Unaccompanied children and young people; Women Refugees: a safe haven?; Part three: Performative Praxis: Social Policy and the asylum-migration-community nexus: Fortress Europe? Borders, containment and emerging communities; Refused asylum seekers, destitution, poverty and the role of social networks; The Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HDHS) global network and the search for social justice; Conclusion: asylum, migration and communities - what next?