Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre

Book Club

B18 Law and Social Sciences Building
Wednesday 1st May 2024 (15:00-17:00)
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You are invited to the first round of the ICEMiC Book Club meeting. In the Club meetings, we invite the authors of the recently published books to discuss their publications. In the first session, we have internal and external authors to discuss their recently published monographs on migration, asylum and displacement. 


Dr Simone Varriale, Lecturer in Sociology of Loughborough University, author of 'Coloniality and Meritocracy in Unequal EU Migrations: Intersecting Inequalities in Post-2008 Italian Migration'

About the book

This book rethinks meritocracy as a form of coloniality, namely, a social imaginary that reproduces narratives of ethnic and racial difference between European centres and peripheries, and between Europe and its others.

Drawing on interviews with working and middle class, white and Black Italians who moved to Britain after the 2008 economic crisis, the book explores the narratives of Northern meritocracy and Southern backwardness that inform migrants' motivations for moving abroad, and how these narratives are experienced within classed, racialised and gendered migrations.

Connecting decolonial theory with the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, this book provides innovative insights into the relationships between meritocracy, coloniality and European whiteness, and into the social stratification of EU migrations.

Dr Tom Kemp, Research Fellow of University of Nottingham, author of 'Activism and the Detention of MigrantsThe Law and Politics of Immigration Detention'

About the book

Focusing on the constitutive tensions and political generativity within the activist practices of the anti-detention movement, this book examines the distinction between representational and post-representational political sensibilities. Representational politics centres on representing the interests of disenfranchised people to the state and public and operates primarily within the regime of immigration law. Post-representational politics focuses on working collaboratively with those in detention, to resist and challenge the deportation system. Since representational politics is the predominant political imaginary of migrant rights campaigning, the book focuses on illustrating and evaluating the role of post-representational politics.

The book argues that the concept of post-representational politics is important for understanding and participating in radical opposition to state racism. This argument rests on the expanded possibilities it motivates of engaging with and resisting institutions that are poised to co-opt resistance; the attention it fosters to the situated power dynamics of political activities that collaborate with imprisoned people; and its sensitivity to the politically and conceptually generative capacities of everyday, embodied practices of resistance. To make this argument, this book employs innovative methodology to illuminate and engage with the practice-based thinking of activist movements about the concepts of solidarity, hospitality, witnessing and accountability.

This book will be of interest to scholars and activists with interests in socio-legal studies of immigration and refugee law, as well as others in social movement studies, critical legal studies, border criminology and critical theory.


Identities, Citizenship, Equalities and Migration Centre

School of Sociology and Social Policy
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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