The material politics of asylum support: speed, intimacy, and confusion

Fisher, D. X. and Hughes, S. M. (2023) The material politics of asylum support: speed, intimacy, and confusion. In: Le Louvier, K. and Hough, K. L. (eds.) UK Borderscapes: Sites of Enforcement and Resistance. Series: Routledge Borderlands Studies. Routledge. ISBN 9781032395500

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What can a whiteboard, a telephone, a kettle, and a fax machine tell us about the UK border? In this chapter, we utilise object stories as a lens through which to further the understandings of forced migration. Using field notes from our time spent volunteering as participant observers in two separate asylum drop-in centres in the UK, we use object stories to explore the ways in which the border is enacted, encountered, and resisted in drop-in spaces. The aims of our analysis are threefold. First, we demonstrate how focusing on objects and their stories can be a useful means of approaching ‘the’ border and the lived realities of those that occupy its liminal spaces. Second, we discuss how focusing on these objects and their use in the drop-in centre helps to illuminate the intimacy of state power. Third, through focusing on objects in contested spaces, we analyse their role in resisting state bordering practices, mindful of the possibility for such objects to become entangled in the bordering practices against which they struggle. This chapter concludes with a call for further attention to be paid to the material politics of resistance in the context of border control.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fisher, Dr Dan
Authors: Fisher, D. X., and Hughes, S. M.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education

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