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Print Price: $267.95

336 pp.
156 mm x 234 mm


Publication date:
July 2013

Imprint: OUP UK

The Borders of Punishment

Migration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion

Edited by Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth

The Borders of Punishment: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion critically assesses the relationship between immigration control, citizenship, and criminal justice. It reflects on the theoretical and methodological challenges posed by mass mobility and its control and for the first time, sets out a particular sub-field within criminology, the criminology of mobility. Drawing together leading international scholars with newer researchers, the book systematically outlines why criminology and criminal justice should pay more attention to issues of immigration and border control.

Contributors consider how "traditional" criminal justice institutions such as the criminal law, police, and prisons are being shaped and altered by immigration, as well as examining novel forms of penality (such as deportation and detention facilities), which have until now seldom featured in criminological studies and textbooks. In so doing, the book demonstrates that mobility and its control are matters that ought to be central to any understanding of the criminal justice system. Phenomena such as the controversial use of immigration law for the purposes of the war on terror, closed detention centres, deportation, and border policing, raise in new ways some of the fundamental and enduring questions of criminal justice and criminology: What is punishment? What is crime? What should be the normative and legal foundation for criminalization, for police suspicion, for the exclusion from the community, and for the deprivation of freedom? And who is the subject of rights within a society and what is the relevance of citizenship to criminal justice?

Readership : Suitable for scholars and students in criminology, criminal justice, socio-legal studies, human rights, refugee studies, and migration studies.

Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth: The Criminology of Mobility
Hindpal Singh Bhui: Introduction. Humanizing Migration Control and Detention
Part I: Criminalization
Katja Franko Aas: The Ordered and the Bordered Society: Migration Control, Citizenship, and the Northern Penal State
Lucia Zedner: Is the Criminal Law only for Citizens? A Problem at the Borders of Punishment
Juliet P Stumpf: The Process is the Punishment in Crimmigration Law
Catherine Dauvergne: The Troublesome Intersections of Refugee Law and Criminal Law
Part II: Policing
Sharon Pickering and Leanne Weber: Policing Transversal Borders
Darshan Vigneswaran: The Criminalization of Human Mobility: A Case Study of Law Enforcement in South Africa
Maggy Lee: Human Trafficking and Border Control in the Global South
Part III: Imprisonment
Mary Bosworth: Can Immigration Detention Centres be Legitimate? Understanding Confinement in a Global World
Emma Kaufman: Hubs and Spokes: The Transformation of the British Prison
Thomas Ugelvik: Seeing like a Welfare State: Immigration Control, Statecraft, and a Prison with Double Vision
Part IV: Deportation
David C Brotherton and Luis Barrios: The Social Bulimia of Forced Repatriation: A Case Study of Dominican Deportees
Matthew Gibney: Deportation, Crime, and the Changing Character of Membership in the United Kingdom
Vanessa Barker: Democracy & Deportation: Why Membership Matters Most
Part V: Social Exclusion
Nicolay Johansen: Governing the Funnel of Expulsion: Agamben, the Dynamics of Force, and Minimalist Biopolitics
Dario Melossi: People on the Move: From the Countryside to the Factory / Prison
Ben Bowling: Epilogue. The Borders of Punishment: Towards a Criminology of Mobility

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Katja Franko Aas is Professor of Criminology at the department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo. She is author of Cosmopolitan Justice and its Discontents (co-edited with C. Baillet, Routledge, 2011), Technologies of Insecurity (co-edited with H.M. Lomell and H. O. Gundhus, Routledge, 2009), Globalization and Crime (SAGE, 2007), and Sentencing in the Age of Information: from Faust to Macintosh (Routledge, 2005). She is currently leading a research project on the intersections of migration control and crime control. Mary Bosworth is Reader in Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. She has published widely on issues to do with race, gender, and citizenship with a particular focus on prisons and immigration detention. She is currently working on a 5 year ERC Starter Grant, entitled 'Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power: Incarceration in a Global Age.'

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Special Features

  • The first monograph providing a systematic examination of the issue of migration and border control from the perspective of criminology and criminal justice studies.
  • Addresses a critical and controversial topic in current policy and politics.
  • Based on original empirical evidence.
  • Written by an international team of leading experts.