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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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12273


This paper draws on 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 on “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 carcerality beyond the institution as not only linked to institutional carceralities but as existing in and of itself in and around us in everyday life. In particular, it is argued that from a feminist perspective there is a need to better understand these everyday carceralities in the process of seeking asylum, as women are less likely to be incarcerated in state institutions. 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
Uncontrolled Keywords: borderings, carceralities, domestic violence, immigration policy, unfreedom
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: 28 Sep 2021 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33963

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