Men and the Emotional World of Immigration Detention

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The refused asylum seekers and immigration detainees involved in my doctoral research differed from each other in almost every way, except, that is, for their gender. Examining the interplay between masculinity and emotion, and how people working in the immigration system speak of, treat and expect these men to behave, offers insights into the imagery of noncitizen and refugee men, and the place of this within the operation of Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). It was meeting one particular detained man that illuminated for me these gendered assumptions, the dissonance between expectations and practice, and the institutionally problematic place of male anger.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration
Subtitle of host publicationThe COMPAS Anthology
EditorsBridget Anderson, Michael Keith
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-907271-03-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • MEN, EMOTION, immigration, asylum, detention


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