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Policing Non-Citizens

1st Edition

By Leanne Weber


222 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Criminologists are increasingly turning their attention to the many points of intersection between immigration and crime control. This book discusses the detection of unlawful non-citizens as a distinct form of policing which is impacting on a growing range of agencies and sections of society. It constitutes an important contribution not only to the literature on policing but also to the field of border control studies within criminology. Drawing on the work of Clifford Shearing, Ian Loader and P.A.J. Waddington, it offers new theoretical approaches to the study of police powers and practice.


"Policing Non-Citizens makes a landmark contribution to the study of crimmigration law. Leanne Weber masterfully connects ground-breaking empirical findings to the kind of theoretical and policy arguments about policing and migration that provide genuine guidance for contemporary governance. The book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the connections between policing, borders, and citizenship in our globalizing world."

Juliet Stumpf, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA.

"Leanne Weber offers a meticulous analysis and integrative examination of how nodal governance and third party policing is used to police non-citizens. Her research exposes a wide range of street-level manifestations of state power under complex and dynamic conditions of global mobility in the 21st century. Policing Non-Citizens is, therefore, essential reading for scholars, practitioners and policy makers who want to better understand and respond to the global crisis that compromises a secure belonging for all."

Lorraine Mazerolle is a Research Professor in the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland, Australia.

"In this study Leanne Weber vigorously investigates the role of the police and other agencies in identifying unlawful non- citizens in Australia against the backdrop of key theoretical debates on borders and belonging. In a unique and timely way, this book bridges the divide between policing literature and migration studies."

Joanne van der Leun, Professor of Criminology, Leiden Law School, the Netherlands.

"Weber's case study of immigration enforcement in New South Wales, set in rich analytical context, describes a system transformed by neoliberalism and the growing capacities of information sharing. Australia has abandoned the visibly cruel 'attrition through enforcement' model in favor of a more insidious networking of social agencies to remove people 'out of place' with enforcement through attrition."

Professor Doris Marie Provine, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, USA.

"Leanne Weber’s book should prompt policy-makers to ask whether the axiom ‘‘we are only safe and secure when all are safe and secure’’ still applies in this country. It is, therefore, an important and timely tome."

Willem de Lint, Flinders University, Lorraine Mazerolle, University of Queensland and Rick Sarre, University of South Australia, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 48.

"Leanne Weber’s Policing Non-Citizens is an empirical tour-de-force on immigration policing… I can only recommend that social scientists interested in the policing of migration, follow the path laid out in Weber’s pioneering book."

David Sausdal, Stockholm University, Punishment and Society

Table of Contents

1. Policing internal borders, 2. Researching migration policing networks, 3. Immigration officers as migration police, 4. Police as immigration officers, 5. Negotiating the criminal-administrative nexus, 6. Creating a ubiquitous border, 7. A nodal cartography of migration policing networks, 8. Patrolling the boundaries of entitlement and belonging.

About the Author

Leanne Weber is Senior Larkins Research Fellow in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She researches border control using criminological and human rights frameworks. Her previous books include Stop and Search: Police Power in Global Context (2012, Routledge, with Ben Bowling) and Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier (2011, Palgrave, with Sharon Pickering).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship

Globalizing forces have had a profound impact on the nature of contemporary criminal justice and law more generally. This is evident in the increasing salience of borders and mobility in the production of illegality and social exclusion. Immigration and its control are highly charged topics in contemporary crime policy and politics. In the past two decades such matters have become subjects of extensive scholarly analysis throughout the social sciences. Though criminology has been a relative latecomer to this body of work, it is now possible to speak of an emerging ‘criminology of mobility.

Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship showcases contemporary studies that connect criminological scholarship to migration studies and explores the intellectual resonances between the two. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the theoretical and methodological challenges posed by mass mobility and its control. By doing that, it aims to chart an intellectual space and establish a theoretical tradition within criminology to house scholars of immigration control, who have traditionally published either in general criminological or in anthropological, sociological, refugee studies, human rights and other publications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology