Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues

ISBN : 9780190222574

Rich Furman; Douglas Epps; Greg Lamphear
224 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
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This edited text explores immigration detention through a global and transnational lens. Immigration detention is frequently transnational; the complex dynamics of apprehending, detaining, and deporting undocumented immigrants involve multiple organizations that coordinate and often act across nation state boundaries. The lives of undocumented immigrants are also transnational in nature; the detention of immigrants in one country (often without due process and without providing the opportunity to contact those in their country of origin) has profound economic and emotional consequences for their families. The authors explore immigration detention in countries that have not often been previously explored in the literature. Some of these chapters include analyses of detention in countries such as Malaysia, South Africa, Turkey and Indonesia. They also present chapters that are comparative in nature and deal with larger, macro issues about immigration detention in general. The authors' frequent usage of lived experience in conjunction with a broad scholarly knowledge base is what sets this volume apart from others, making it useful and practical for scholars in the social sciences and anybody interested in the global phenomenon of immigration detention.

About the author: 

Rich Furman, MSW, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington, Tacoma.; Douglas Epps, MSW, is a former immigration detention officer who spent several years working at one of the largest private detention facilities in the US; Greg Lamphear works as an English teacher, and a freelance editor and writer.

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