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Screening Asylum in a Culture of Disbelief

Truths, Denials and Skeptical Borders

Authors: Jubany, Olga

  • Casts new light on the everyday realities of border control
  • Demonstrates that asylum policy requires supportive and flexible legislative frameworks
  • Provides evidence for the existence of an immigration service subculture
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This ethnographic book enhances our understanding of asylum screening, an area of immigration that is often overlooked and remains under-researched. Falsely perceived as a one-dimensional function of static state power, it is here revealed that asylum decisions at borders respond to a complex cultural construction, saturated by a meta-message of disbelief, denial and moral panics. The author demonstrates that immigration officers’ work patterns, behavior and decisions are informed by such stereotyping, which has led to asylum narratives being interpreted in the light of concepts of social acceptability and rejection. Establishing a parallel with law enforcement, the author argues that this process replicates a professional world of categorization and control, forged within an autonomous immigration service subculture. This timely work will appeal to students and scholars of migration studies, identity and ethnic studies, social anthropology, sociology, law and policy studies.
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About the authors

Olga Jubany is Serra Hunter Fellow in the Social Anthropology Department of the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, and Director of the University’s European Social Research Unit. Committed to the anthropological tradition of ethnography, she explores the social world of identity, diversity, and social control, using an intersectional approach to analyse migration, gender, and age constructions.

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Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40748-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40747-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Screening Asylum in a Culture of Disbelief
Book Subtitle
Truths, Denials and Skeptical Borders
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40748-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40748-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40747-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 268
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