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Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship


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Globalizing forces have had a profound impact on the nature of contemporary criminal justice and law more generally. This is evident in the increasing salience of borders and mobility in the production of illegality and social exclusion. Immigration and its control are highly charged topics in contemporary crime policy and politics. In the past two decades such matters have become subjects of extensive scholarly analysis throughout the social sciences. Though criminology has been a relative latecomer to this body of work, it is now possible to speak of an emerging ‘criminology of mobility.

Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship showcases contemporary studies that connect criminological scholarship to migration studies and explores the intellectual resonances between the two. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the theoretical and methodological challenges posed by mass mobility and its control. By doing that, it aims to chart an intellectual space and establish a theoretical tradition within criminology to house scholars of immigration control, who have traditionally published either in general criminological or in anthropological, sociological, refugee studies, human rights and other publications.

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Border Policing and Security Technologies: Mobility and Proliferation of Borders in the Western Balkans

Border Policing and Security Technologies: Mobility and Proliferation of Borders in the Western Balkans

1st Edition

Sanja Milivojevic
April 10, 2019

This book is a unique and original examination of borders and bordering practices in the Western Balkans prior to, during, and after the migrant "crisis" of the 2010s. Based on extensive, mixed-method, exploratory research in Serbia, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, and Kosovo, the book charts technological...

Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System

Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System

1st Edition

Victoria Canning
February 04, 2019

Winner of the 2018 British Society of Criminology Book Prize Britain is often heralded as a country in which the rights and welfare of survivors of conflict and persecution are well embedded, and where the standard of living conditions for those seeking asylum is relatively high. Drawing on a...

Women, Mobility and Incarceration: Love and Recasting of Self across the Bangladesh-India Border

Women, Mobility and Incarceration: Love and Recasting of Self across the Bangladesh-India Border

1st Edition

Rimple Mehta
August 16, 2018

This book explores how Bangladeshi women from poor and undereducated/semi-educated backgrounds who have crossed the Indo-Bangladesh border find themselves in prisons serving sentences under the Foreigners Act, 1946. Drawing on original fieldwork, this book explores these women’s understanding of...

Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility

Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility

1st Edition

Andriani Fili, Synnøve Jahnsen, Rebecca Powell
May 03, 2018

We live in an era of mass mobility where governments remain committed to closing borders, engaging with securitisation discourses and restrictive immigration policies, which in turn nurture xenophobia and racism. It is within this wider context of social and political unrest that the contributors...

Sex Work, Immigration and Social Difference

Sex Work, Immigration and Social Difference

1st Edition

Julie Ham
February 06, 2018

Public discourses around migrant sex workers are often more confident about what migrant sex workers signify morally but are less clear about who the ‘migrant’ is. Based on interviews with immigrant, migrant and racialized sex workers in Vancouver, Canada and Melbourne, Australia, Sex Work,...

Fragile Migration Rights: Freedom of movement in post-Soviet Russia

Fragile Migration Rights: Freedom of movement in post-Soviet Russia

1st Edition

Matthew Light
January 24, 2018

The Soviet Union comprehensively governed the mobility of its citizens by barring emigration and strictly regulating internal migration. In the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, the constitution and laws of the new Russian Federation appeared to herald a complete break with the repressiveness of...

Nordic Nationalism and Penal Order: Walling the Welfare State

Nordic Nationalism and Penal Order: Walling the Welfare State

1st Edition

Vanessa Barker
November 03, 2017

In late summer 2015, Sweden embarked on one of the largest self-described humanitarian efforts in its history, opening its borders to 163,000 asylum seekers fleeing the war in Syria. Six months later this massive effort was over. On January 4, 2016, Sweden closed its border with Denmark. This...

Human Smuggling in the Eastern Mediterranean

Human Smuggling in the Eastern Mediterranean

1st Edition

Theodore Baird
November 08, 2016

The organization of human smuggling from the Middle East and Africa through Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean has become a contemporary political concern throughout Europe, receiving intense and polarised media attention. This timely book reformulates how we conceive of human smuggling,...

Human Smuggling and Border Crossings

Human Smuggling and Border Crossings

1st Edition

Gabriella Sanchez
October 11, 2016

Graphic narratives of tragedies involving the journeys of irregular migrants trying to reach destinations in the global north are common in the media and are blamed almost invariably on human smuggling facilitators, described as rapacious members of highly structured underground transnational...

Asylum Seeking and the Global City

Asylum Seeking and the Global City

1st Edition

Francesco Vecchio
April 24, 2016

Asylum seeking and the global city are two major contemporary subjects of analysis to emerge both in the literature and in public and official discourses on human rights, urban socioeconomic change and national security. Based on extensive, original ethnographic research, this book examines the...

The Securitization of Migration and Refugee Women

The Securitization of Migration and Refugee Women

1st Edition

Alison Gerard
March 03, 2016

Humanised accounts of restrictions on mobility are rarely the focus of debates on irregular migration. Very little is heard from refugees themselves about why they migrate, their experiences whilst entering the EU or how they navigate reception conditions upon arrival, particularly from a gendered...

Crimes of Mobility: Criminal Law and the Regulation of Immigration

Crimes of Mobility: Criminal Law and the Regulation of Immigration

1st Edition

Ana Aliverti
June 09, 2015

Winner of the 2014 British Society of Criminology Book Prize This book examines the role of criminal law in the enforcement of immigration controls over the last two decades in Britain. The criminalization of immigration status has historically served functions of exclusion and control against...

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