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Bureaucracy, Law and Dystopia in the United Kingdom's Asylum System (Hardcover) (John R. Campbell)

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The central concern of this book is to find answers to fundamental questions about the British asylum system and how it operates. Based on ethnographic research over a two-year period, the work follows and analyses numerous asylum appeals through the British courts. It draws on myriad interviews with individuals and a thorough examination of many state and non-state organizations to understand how the system works. While the organization of the book reflects the formal asylum process, a focus on specific legal appeals reveals the ‘political’ factors at play as different institutions and actors seek to influence judicial decision-making and overturn/uphold official asylum policy. The final chapter draws on the author’s ethnographic findings of the UK’s ‘asylum field’ to re-examine research on the Refugee Determination System in the US, Canada and Australia which has narrowly focused on judicial decision-making. It argues that analysis of Refugee Determination Systems must be situated and studied as part of a wider, political, semi-autonomous ‘asylum field’ which needs to be better understood.

Providing an in-depth ethnographic study of a national asylum system and of immigration law and practice, the book will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and policy-makers in the UK and beyond working in this highly topical area.

Number of Pages: 201.0
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Social Science
Series Title: Law and Migration
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: John R. Campbell
Language: English
Street Date: December 12, 2016
TCIN: 51987712
UPC: 9781138214958
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-3784

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