A critical social harm analysis on the detention of asylum seekers in the UK

Bisback, Andrew (2008) A critical social harm analysis on the detention of asylum seekers in the UK. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The detention of asylum seekers is a practice which is increasing in frequency throughout the western world. In the UK IRC's (Immigration Removal Centres) are kept at full capacity, despite suggestions from human rights groups and nongovernmental organisations that such a high proportion of detained asylum seekers is unnecessary for the protection of society or the ease of removal for those whose claims have been rejected. The definitive point of the dissertation is that the harm that detained asylum seekers are subjected to far outweighs any possibility of unfounded dangerousness or fears of being over-run with migrants. Firstly the social harm perspective is described. After which a comprehensive description of the detention centres illustrates the conditions asylum seekers find themselves in and the state's rationale for such detainment. Thirdly, the effects and correlates of detention under a social harm approach will be described. Finally, a conclusion will be offered which summarises the findings, suggests alternatives and implications as well as making a comment on the requirements of criminology as a discipline to adequately evolve in the neo-liberal post-9/11 world. The harm considered within the dissertation extends to state and privately-run companies that operate IRCs which ought to be held accountable for their actions. Harm is understood to flow from a three-fold definition based on the work of Hillyard et al. (2005). Thereby illustrating the experiences of the detained vulnerable peoples as well as how criminology as a discipline has lost its critical edge and requires a theoretical re-construction.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/621

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