Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorAffolter, Laura
dc.description.abstractThis open access book examines everyday practices in an asylum administration. Asylum decisions are often criticised as being ‘subjective’ or ‘arbitrary’. Asylum Matters turns this claim on its head. Through the ethnographic study of asylum decision-making in the Swiss Secretariat for Migration, the book shows how regularities in administrative practice and ‘socialised subjectivity’ are produced. It argues that asylum caseworkers acquire an institutional habitus through their socialisation on the job, making them ‘carriers’ of routine practices. The different chapters of the book deal with what it means to methodologically study administrative practice: with how asylum proceedings work in Switzerland and with the role different types of knowledge play in overcoming the uncertainties inherent in refugee status and credibility determination. It sheds light on organisational socialisation processes and on the professional norms and values at the heart of administrative work. By doing so, it shows how disbelief becomes normalised in the office. This book speaks to legal scholars, sociologists, anthropologists, human geographers and political scientists interested in bureaucracy, asylum law, migration studies and socio-legal studies, and to NGOs working in the field of asylum.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPalgrave Socio-Legal Studies
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JK Social services & welfare, criminology::JKV Crime & criminology
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::L Law::LN Laws of Specific jurisdictions::LNF Criminal law & procedure::LNFB Criminal justice law
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFF Social issues & processes::JFFN Migration, immigration & emigration
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning::RG Geography::RGC Human geography
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government::JPV Political control & freedoms::JPVH Human rights
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government
dc.subject.otherHuman Rights and Crime
dc.subject.otherCriminal Justice
dc.subject.otherHuman Geography
dc.subject.otherHuman Rights
dc.subject.otherSocial Justice, Equality and Human Rights
dc.subject.otherSocio-Legal Studies
dc.subject.otherat the heart of the state
dc.subject.otherasylum procedure
dc.subject.otherasylum decision-making
dc.subject.otherlaw and discretion
dc.subject.otherOpen Access
dc.subject.otherCrime & criminology
dc.subject.otherHuman rights, civil rights
dc.subject.otherCriminal justice law
dc.subject.otherMigration, immigration & emigration
dc.subject.otherPolitics & government
dc.titleAsylum Matters
dc.title.alternativeOn the Front Line of Administrative Decision-Making
oapen.collectionSwiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
oapen.imprintSpringer Singapore
dc.relationisFundedByKnowledge Unlatched

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

open access
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as open access