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Punish and Expel: Border Control, Nationalism, and the New Purpose of the Prison

Emma Kaufman


In 2006, the British government began to transform its prison system. Under pressure to find and deport ‘foreigners,’ the Prison Service started to isolate non-citizens in special prisons, and to detain people well beyond their criminal sentences. These developments reflect a broader trend in punishment. In an era of mass mobility, prisons produce and police the edges of the nation. This book offers an empirical account of the prison’s purpose. Drawing on a year of fieldwork, this book argues that the British government uses penal institutions to craft a particular, and increasingly exclusiona ... More

Keywords: punishment, globalization, nationalism, sovereignty, citizenship, bureaucracy, legitimacy, colonialism, migration control, critical criminology, sociology of punishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712602
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Kaufman, author
Yale Law School