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Nothing Personal?: Geographies of Governing and Activism in the British Asylum System

Nothing Personal?: Geographies of Governing and Activism in the British Asylum System

Nick Gill

ISBN: 978-1-118-31599-6

Dec 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

Description

In this groundbreaking new study, Nick Gill provides a conceptually innovative account of the ways in which indifference to the desperation and hardship faced by thousands of migrants fleeing persecution and exploitation comes about.

  • Features original, unpublished empirical material from four Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded projects
  • Challenges the consensus that border controls are necessary or desirable in contemporary society
  • Demonstrates how immigration decision makers are immersed in a suffocating web of institutionalized processes that greatly hinder their objectivity and limit their access to alternative perspectives
  • Theoretically informed throughout, drawing on the work of a range of social theorists, including Max Weber, Zygmunt Bauman, Emmanuel Levinas, and Georg Simmel

Series Editors’ Preface viii

List of Figures ix

Acronyms xi

Acknowledgements xii

1 Introduction 1

2 Moral Distance and Bureaucracy 21

3 Distant Bureaucrats 48

4 Distance at Close Quarters 76

5 Indifference Towards Suffering Others During Sustained Contact 107

6 Indifference and Emotions 135

7 Examining Compassion 156

8 Conclusion 179

Methodological Appendix 191

References 196

Index 216