Where can I get free? Everyday Bordering, Everyday Incarceration

Cassidy, Kathryn (2019) Where can I get free? Everyday Bordering, Everyday Incarceration. Transactions Of The Institute Of British Geographers, 44 (1). pp. 48-62. ISSN 1475-5661

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This paper draws upon the growing body of geographical literature on carceral spaces and carcerality to explore alternatives sites of incarceration in everyday life and also to look beyond the state as a carceral actor and agent. In particular, it focuses upon ‘unfreedom’ and the punitive elements of UK immigration controls from the perspective of those who have left violent domestic situations and in doing so have been forced to apply for leave to remain in the country. The paper highlights the ways in which in enacting the spatial violence of immigration policies and controls everyday actors, such as sales assistants and landlords, become agents in the ‘continuum of unfreedoms’. The discussion, therefore, seeks to define the carcer and carcerality beyond the institution as not merely linked to institutional carceralities but as existing in and of itself in and around us in everyday life. In particular, it is argued that the focus on institution as carcer is gendered, as women are more likely to be incarcerated in everyday spaces. The paper also demonstrates the complex roles of non and quasi-state actors in shaping the ‘unfreedoms’ of everyday life for those seeking leave to remain in the UK as a result of domestic violence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Kathryn Cassidy
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 09:10
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 14:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33963

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