(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Another letter from the Home Office : reading the material politics of asylum

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

DARLING J. (1) ;
(1) Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development, Univ., Manchester, ROYAUME-UNI


This article explores the use of letters by the UK Border Agency to communicate decisions on asylum claims within a UK drop-in centre. It opens by offering a governmental reading of letters as things which define the limits of present and future actions, whilst fixing individuals to specific locations. It then considers how letters are understood through material-discursive entanglements of things, discourses, and spaces, and help to constitute, different atmospheres, spaces, and subjectivities of asylum. Thus it argues that it is by taking seriously the connections between materials, discourses, and affective states that we might critically interrogate framings of the state as an oppressive force shaping the lives of those seeking asylum


Article of periodic

published at : Environment and planning. D. Society & space / ISSN 0263-7758

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1983)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 32, no3 [pp. 484-500]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1068/d13067p

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