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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bowling & Westenra on Crimmigration

Ben Bowling and Sophie Westenra (King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law and University of Oxford) have posted ‘A Really Hostile Environment’: Adiaphorization, Global Policing and the Crimmigration Control System (Forthcoming in the Theoretical Criminology Journal, 2018) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This article examines institutional practices designed to control criminalized migrants in the UK and advances three arguments. First, these practices have evolved, since the early 1970s, into a bespoke ‘crimmigration control system’ distinct from the domestic criminal justice system. Second, this system is directed exclusively at efficient exclusion and control; through a process of adiaphorization, moral objections to the creation of a ‘really hostile environment’ have been disabled. Third, the pursuit of the criminalized immigrant—a globally recognized ‘folk devil’—provides a vital link between domestic and global systems of policing, punishment and exclusion. The UK crimmigration control system is an example of wider processes that are taking place in institutions concerned with the control of suspect populations across the globe.

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