Articles | Volume 78, issue 3
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21 Sep 2023
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Situated sites of migration control: Swiss deportation practices and their relational materiality in prisons, hospitals, and airports

Lisa Marie Borrelli

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This work takes up diverse sites of deportation and their socio-materiality. It adds to the growing literature on deportation infrastructures by emphasizing the inseparability of deportation procedures from the specific sites in which they unfold. It highlights the analytical interest and political agency of such spaces. The ethnographic data analyse the role of human and non-human actors, giving particular attention to the situatedness and relationality of deportation infrastructures.