I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new open access book entitled ‘Asylum Determination in Europe – Ethnographic Perspectives’ edited by Nick Gill and Anthony Good and 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.
Nick Gill and Anthony Good
Sarah Craig and Karin Zwaan
Part I: Actors
John R. Campbell
Chrisa Giannopoulou and Nick Gill
Part II Communication
Matilde Skov Danstrøm and Zachary Whyte
Part III Decision-Making
Tone Maia Liodden
Laura Affolter, Jonathan Miaz and Ephraim Poertner
The whole book is available as a .pdf here: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-319-94749-5.pdf
Professor of Human Geography
University of Exeter