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New Book, Who Dis?


This book is the first collection to bring together scholars and activists working to end criminal and immigration detention. Employing an intersectional lens and an impressive variety of case studies, the book makes a compelling case to rethink what justice could mean for refugees, citizens, and everyone in between.

A World Without Cages connects immigration detention and prison justice towards reimagining a newer, better future. The ten chapters probe the intersections of immigration detention with current and potential forms of citizenship, membership, belonging, and punishments. Deprivation of liberty is one of the most serious harms that someone can experience. Immigration control is a nation-building project where racial, gender, class, ableist, and other lines of discrimination filter and police access to permanent residence. Employing a kaleidoscope of interdisciplinary backgrounds, the contributors bring this focus to bear on case studies spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. In conversation with social movements challenging police brutality, the contributors are thinking through the implications of de-funding the police, overhauling the ‘criminal justice’ system, eradicating prisons (penal abolitionism), and ending all forms of containment (carceral abolitionism). Neither the prison nor the detention centre is an inevitable feature of our social lives. This book collectively argues that abolishing detention could pave the way for new visions of justice to emerge.

Table of Contents Introduction – decarceral futures: bridging immigration and prison justice towards an abolitionist future Sharry Aiken and Stephanie J. Silverman 1. Mutual aid as abolitionist praxis Simone Weil Davis and Rachel Fayter 2. States and human immobilization: bridging the conceptual separation of slavery, immigration controls, and mass incarceration Nandita Sharma 3. Crisis, capital accumulation, and the ‘Crimmigration’ fix in the aftermath of the global slump Jessica Evans 4. Held at the gates of Europe: barriers to abolishing immigration detention in Turkey Esra S. Kaytaz 5. Substituting immigration detention centres with ‘open prisons’ in Indonesia: alternatives to detention as the continuum of unfreedom Antje Missbach 6. ICE comes to Tennessee: violence work and abolition in the Appalachian South Michelle Brown 7. Migrant justice as reproductive justice: birthright citizenship and the politics of immigration detention for pregnant women in Canada Salina Abji and Lindsay Larios 8. Immigration status and policing in Canada: current problems, activist strategies and abolitionist visions David Moffette 9. Curated hostilities and the story of Abdoul Abdi: relational securitization in the settler colonial racial state Nisha Nath


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