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The Borders of PunishmentMigration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion$
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Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.001.0001

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Introduction: Humanizing Migration Control and Detention

Introduction: Humanizing Migration Control and Detention

(p.1) Introduction: Humanizing Migration Control and Detention
The Borders of Punishment

Hindpal Singh Bhui

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the three main themes that emerge from this volume: first, the various mechanisms for objectifying migrants and detainees that make the belligerent pursuit of narrow national interest more palatable; second, the brittle legal status afforded to detainees that allows their sense of worth to be undermined, particularly through criminalization alongside a lack of the protections that apply in criminal law; and, third, the importance of identifying the agency possessed by migrants and detainees, and resisting the temptation to see them as a homogenous block, rather than people with diverse characteristics, needs, and experiences.

Keywords:   migrants, objectification, detainees, national interest, legal status, criminalization

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