Spatial Control: Geographical Approaches to the Study of Immigration Detention

Global Detention Project Working Paper No. 24 - Deirdre Conlon, Nancy Hiemstra, and Alison Mountz
19 September, 2017

“This Global Detention Project Working Paper surveys research on immigration detention conducted using geographical methods, highlighting how geography’s conceptualization of detention as a form of spatial control offers tools to scholars and activists working to contest this form of immigration control. The authors organize their review around three core themes: im/mobilities, scaled analyses, and borders/bordering. They argue that geographical approaches to the study of detention have helped generate a critical orientation that can disrupt the spread of detention across and within a widening array of places and social groups.”

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