Carceral geographers and other scholars of migration and asylum may be interested to hear about a new open access book entitled ‘Asylum Determination in Europe – Ethnographic Perspectives’ and edited by Nick Gill and Anthony Good, just published in the Palgrave Macmillan socio-legal studies book series.
Drawing on research material from ten European countries, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives brings together a range of detailed accounts of the legal and bureaucratic processes by which asylum claims are decided. The book includes a legal overview of European asylum determination procedures, followed by sections on the diverse actors involved, the means by which they communicate, and the ways in which they make life and death decisions on a daily basis. It offers a contextually rich account that moves beyond doctrinal law to uncover the gaps and variances between formal policy and legislation, and law as actually practiced.
The contributors employ a variety of disciplinary perspectives – sociological, anthropological, geographical and linguistic – but are united in their use of an ethnographic methodological approach. Through this lens, the book captures the confusion, improvisation, inconsistency, complexity and emotional turmoil inherent to the process of claiming asylum in Europe.
Introduction (html) (pdf) Nick Gill and Anthony Good
Legal Overview (html) (pdf) Sarah Craig and Karin Zwaan
Part I: Actors
The “Inner Belief ” of French Asylum Judges (html) (pdf) Carolina Kobelinsky
“It’s All About Naming Things Right”: The Paradox of Web Truths in the Belgian Asylum-Seeking Procedure (html) (pdf) Massimiliano Spotti
The World of Home Office Presenting Officers (html) (pdf) John R. Campbell
Asylum Procedures in Greece: The Case of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Minors (html) (pdf) Chrisa Giannopoulou and Nick Gill
Part II Communication
Why Handling Power Responsibly Matters: The Active Interpreter Through the Sociological Lens (html) (pdf) Julia Dahlvik
Communicative Practices and Contexts of Interaction in the Refugee Status Determination Process in France (html) (pdf) Robert Gibb
Narrating Asylum in Camp and at Court (html) (pdf) Matilde Skov Danstrøm and Zachary Whyte
Interactions and Identities in UK Asylum Appeals: Lawyers and Law in a Quasi-Legal Setting (html) (pdf) Jessica Hambly
Part III Decision-Making
What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Credibility? Refugee Appeals in Italy (html) (pdf) Barbara Sorgoni
Making the Right Decision: Justice in the Asylum Bureaucracy in Norway (html) (pdf) Tone Maia Liodden
Taking the ‘Just’ Decision: Caseworkers and Their Communities of Interpretation in the Swiss Asylum Office (html) (pdf) Laura Affolter, Jonathan Miaz and Ephraim Poertner
Becoming a Decision-Maker, or: “Don’t Turn Your Heart into a Den of Thieves and Murderers” (html) (pdf) Stephanie Schneider
Conclusion (html) (pdf) Nick Gill
The whole book is available as a .pdf here: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-319-94749-5.pdf