The Healthcare Community and Australian Immigration Detention

The Case for Non-Violent Resistance

Authors: Essex, Ryan

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  • Uniquely proposes a theoretically coherent alternative to ‘traditional’ advocacy, which until now has primarily involved research and witness reports
  • Moves beyond descriptive accounts of the harm perpetuated by immigration detention toward advancing a justified normative argument as to why members of the healthcare professions should engage in more active forms of non-violent resistance
  • Responds to global issues of critical international importance, as the crisis in displaced people escalates and moral quandaries about how to respond ethically proliferate
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Australia has one of the harshest immigration detention regimes in the world, labelled cruel and degrading and a crime against humanity; these policies have been widely condemned. This book calls for a shift in how the healthcare community approaches Australian immigration detention, calling for non-violent resistance to be incorporated in future efforts that seek change. Fundamentally, such an approach recognizes that if change is to be realized a shift is needed beyond evidence and reasoned argument; future efforts need to confront injustice, resisting and undermining what creates and sustains these policies. This book provides a rationale for such action and considers the justification of three different ‘types’ of action in detail; strike action, whistleblowing and principles disobedience.

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Ryan Essex is a Research Fellow with the Institute for Lifecourse Development at the University of Greenwich. He completed a PhD with the University of Sydney and formerly worked in Australian immigration detention centres between 2011-15.

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The Healthcare Community and Australian Immigration Detention foreshadows an invaluable piece of pioneering work about Australia’s indefinite immigration detention system and the healthcare community. Ryan Essex’s work demonstrably comes from someone who knows immigration detention firsthand and in great depth. This book will be immensely informative for a wide range of interested parties, not least its victims, survivors and current and future adjudicators, and health professionals in particular, who yearn for solutions to this vexed issue. The book addresses all those who are preoccupied with indefinite immigration detention, those consumed by grief and rage at its deliberate harms and Australia’s continued toleration of its wastage of lives, and especially human service professionals who are profoundly concerned about their own and the professions’ involvement in this horrific continuing abuse of human beings.” (Dr Michael Dudley, Senior Staff Specialist in Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals, and Senior Lecturer (Conjoint) in Psychiatry, UNSW, Australia)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Healthcare Community and Australian Immigration Detention
Book Subtitle
The Case for Non-Violent Resistance
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-7537-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-7537-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-7536-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 214
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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