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Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System

Canning, Victoria (2017). Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System. Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

Britain is often heralded as a country in which the rights and welfare of survivors of conflict and persecution are well embedded, and where the standard of living conditions for those seeking asylum is relatively high. Drawing on a decade of activism and research in the North West of England, this book contends that, on the contrary, conditions are often structurally violent. For survivors of gendered violence, harm inflicted throughout the process of seeking asylum can be intersectional and compound the impacts of previous experiences of violent continuums. The everyday threat of detention and deportation; poor housing and inadequate welfare access; and systemic cuts to domestic and sexual violence support all contribute to a temporal limbo which limits women’s personal autonomy and access to basic human rights.

By reflecting on evidence from interviews, focus groups, activist participation and oral history, Gendered Harm and Structural Violence provides a unique insight into the everyday impacts of policy and practice that arguably result in the infliction of further gendered harms on survivors of violence and persecution.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISBN: 1-138-85465-4, 978-1-138-85465-9
Keywords: Social Harm; Asylum; Refugees; Immigration; Gender; Women's studies; Violence; Sexual Violence; Citizenship; Borders; Criminology; Zemiology; State Violence; Torture; Structural Violence.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
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Item ID: 47870
Depositing User: Victoria Canning
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 15:09
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 15:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/47870
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