Forthcoming: Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control – Subject to Examination

Palgrave cover

I am pleased to announce that the forthcoming book by Marinella Marmo and myself, Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control: Subject to Examination, will be published in July by Palgrave Macmillan and is already available for pre-order! The description of the book on Palgrave’s website is:

Race, Gender and the Body in British Immigration Control provides the most detailed account of the virginity testing controversy in the late 1970s, and demonstrates that this abusive practice, which was endured by South Asian women for more than a decade, was part of a wider culture of mistreatment and discrimination that occurred within the immigration system authorized by the state. Using recently opened government documents, Smith and Marmo offer a unique insight into this matter and uncover the extent to which these women were scrutinized, interrogated and subject to physical examination at the border. Combining cutting edge criminological theory and historical research, this book proposes that the contemporary British immigration control system should be viewed as an attempt to replicate colonial hierarchies upon migrants in the post-imperial era. For this reason, the abuses of human rights at the border became a secondary issue to the need of the post-imperial British nation-state to enforce strict immigration controls.

We are very excited that the book is part of Palgrave’s ‘Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship’ series. Be sure to order it for yourself or your library now!

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One comment

  1. Congratulations to you both. It’s a pity Stuart Hall will not be able to read it.

    I just want to say I noticed something in the PalMac notice that is regrettable but can be easily changed. Don’t know what the sub-editor was doing at the time but the blurb has an unfortunate, & unnecessary, transition from pseudo-virginity testing to “recently opened government documents”.

    Better is ‘released’ but it has the connotation of applied pressure & the exercise of force; & ‘available’ connotes passivity; so perhaps best is the natural & neutral ‘declassified’. If the wording is in the publicity material it’ll probably also be on the back cover.

    Any chance, Evan, of asking them to change this presumably non-conscious choice of vocabulary?

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