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Governing, Experiencing and Contesting Camps and Encampment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lewis TurnerORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Edward Elgar, 2021.

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Camps have long constituted a central element of the governance of migration. This chapter offers an overview of the key insights from, and debates within, the scholarly literature about camps. It explores the range of political and strategic reasons why states and humanitarian actors often promote encampment, and why refugees sometimes form their own camps. Subsequently, it discusses the different ways in which camp life and governance has been analysed, arguing that the influence of the scholarship of Giorgio Agamben has led to important aspects of camp life, including the agency and political lives of refugees, often being side-lined. It finally looks at the use of encampment in contexts of non-forced migration, and encourages scholars to productively engage with debates on encampment across the ‘forced migrant’-‘labour migrant’ divide, and to place ostensibly different forms of encampment within the broader political contexts and transformations in which they occur.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Turner L

Editor(s): Carmel, E; Lenner, K; Paul, R

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Handbook of Governance and Politics of Migration

Year: 2021

Pages: 279-290

Online publication date: 01/04/2021

Acceptance date: 02/12/2019

Publisher: Edward Elgar


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781788117227