International migration has been described as one of the defining issues of the twenty-first century. While a lot is known about the complex nature of migratory flows, surprisingly little attention has been given to one of the most prominent responses by governments to human mobility: the practice of immigration detention.
Intimate Economies of Immigration Detention provides a timely intervention, offering much needed scrutiny of the ideologies, policies and practices that enable the troubling, unparalleled and seemingly unbridled growth of immigration detention around the world. An international collection of scholars provide crucial new insights into immigration detention recounting at close range how detention's effects ricochet from personal and everyday experiences to broader political-economic, social and cultural spheres. Contributors draw on original research in the US, Australia, Europe, and beyond to scrutinise the increasingly tangled relations associated with detention operation and migration management. With new theoretical and empirical perspectives on detention, the chapters collectively present a toolbox for better understanding the forces behind and broader implications of the seemingly uncontested rise of immigration detention.
This book is of great interest to those who study political economy, economic geography and immigration policy, as well as policy makers interested in immigration.
Deirdre Conlon is a Lecturer in Critical Human Geography at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research examines immigration enforcement and detention in policy and practice, their effects on migrant (in)security, citizenship and everyday life, as well as the wider reverberations of immigration control. Nancy Hiemstra is Assistant Professor of Migration Studies at Stony Brook University in New York, USA. Her research analyses the geopolitical and socio-cultural reverberations of restrictive immigration policies and practices in the United States and Latin America, with a focus on US detention and deportation.
Foreword: On the depth and importance of intimate economies Alison Mountz Chapter 1: Introduction: Intimate economies of immigration detention Deirdre Conlon and Nancy Hiemstra PART 1: ENGAGING THE INTIMATE Chapter 2: Detained beyond the sovereign: conceptualising non-state actor involvement in immigration detention Michael Flynn Chapter 3: Discretion, contracting, and commodification: privatisation of US immigration detention as a technology of government Lauren Martin Chapter 4: In the market of morality: international human rights standards and the immigration detention "improvement" complex Julia Morris Chapter 5: Bearing witness and the intimate economies of immigration detention centres in Australia Caroline Fleay Chapter 6: Managing capacity, shifting burdens: social reproduction and the intimate economies of immigrant family detention Jill Williams and Vanessa Massaro Chapter 7: On exterior and interior detention regimes: governing, bordering, and economy in transit migration across Mexico Mario Bruzzone PART 2: EXPOSING INTIMATE ECONOMIES Chapter 8: Captive consumers and coerced labourers: intimate economies and the expanding US detention regime Nancy Hiemstra and Deirdre Conlon Chapter 9: Intimate economies of ambiguity and erasure: Darwin as Australia's 2011-2012 `capital of detention' Kate Coddington Chapter 10: Pocket money: everyday precarities in the Danish asylum system Malene Jacobsen Chapter 11: Health and intimacies in immigration detention Nick Gill Chapter 12: Intimate encounters with immigrant criminalisation in Arizona Matthew Lowen Chapter 13: Intimate economies of state practice: materialities of detention in Finland Anitta Kynsilehto and Eeva Puumala Chapter 14: The pleasures of security? Visual practice and immigration detention Alexandra Hall Afterword: Intimate economies, anomie and moral ambiguity Dora Schriro