Sanctuary Practices in Perspective examines the diverse, complex, and mutating practice of providing sanctuary to asylum-seekers. The ancient tradition of church sanctuary underwent a revival in the late 1970s. Christian churches began providing physical protection to migrants living without legal status and who were facing imminent deportation in church buildings and communities: first in the United Kingdom and then in the United States, Canada, and several other European countries. These practices arose amidst a dramatic increase in the number of asylum-seekers arriving in the West, and a corresponding escalation in national and international efforts to discourage and control their arrival through myriad threats of deportation and other means. This collection of papers by prominent US, European, and Canadian scholars is the first to place contemporary sanctuary practices in international, theoretical, and historical perspective. Moving beyond isolated case studies of sanctuary activities and movements, it reveals sanctuary as a far more complex, regional, theoretically-rich, and institutionally adaptable set of practices.
Foreword: William Walters, Professor (Political Science) Carleton University, Canada; Introduction: "Sanctuary across countries, disciplines, and institutions", Randy K. Lippert, Professor (Sociology) University of Windsor and Sean Rehaag, Assistant Professor (Law) Osgoode Law School, York University; PART I Sanctuary Perspectives: Historical, Legal, Theological, Political; 1."Sanctuary in the Ancient and Medieval West", Karl Shoemaker, Associate Professor (Law), University of Wisconsin Law School, USA; 2. "Religious, Legal and Historical Justifications for the Practice of Ecclesiastical Sanctuary", David Blaikie, Assistant Professor (Law), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, David Michels, Academic Law Librarian and Ph.D. Candidate (Theology), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada; 3. "The San Francisco Sanctuary Apparatus and the Production of Sanctuary-Power", Peter Mancina, Ph.D. Candidate (Anthropology), Vanderbilt University, USA; 4: "Camps and Sanctuaries: Intersections and Disjuncture", Agnes Czajka, Assistant Professor (Sociology), American University in Cairo, Egypt; 5. "Democracy and Sanctuary Practices: From Theoretical Perspectives to Peoples’ Points of View", Caroline Patsias, Assistant Professor (Political Science) and Nastassia Williams (Masters Student (Political Science), University of Quebec at Montreal, Quebec, Canada; PART II: Sanctuary Movements and Practices in International Perspective, 6. "Legacies and Origins of the 1980s US-Central American Sanctuary Movement", Susan Coutin is Professor (Anthropology), University of California, Irvine, USA, Hector Perla is Assistant Professor (Latin American Studies), University of California, Santa Cruz; 7. "The Voice of the Voiceless: Religious Rhetoric, the New Sanctuary Movement, and Undocumented Narratives in the United States", Marta Caminaro-Santangelo, Professor (English), University of Kansas, USA; 8. "‘I Didn't Know if this was Sanctuary’: The Consequences of Reframing Strategy in the U.S. New Sanctuary Movement", Grace Yukich, Post-Doctoral Fellow (Sociology), Princeton University, USA; 9. "Bios vs. Zoe. Power and Politics in Nordic Sanctuary Incidents, Miikka Pyykkonen, Senior Lecturer (Sociology) University of Jyväskylä, Finland; 10. "Humanitarian Responses to the Calais (France) Sans-papiers and the 'Solidarity' Critique of Sanctuary Practices", Naomi Millner, Ph.D. Candidate (Geography), University of Bristol, UK; 11. "Sanctuary Movements in Germany", Wolf-Dieter Just is Professor, University of Applied Science, Bochum, Germany; 12. "An Ethnographic Study of Relationships among Church Asylum Movement Actors in Germany", Hiroshi Oda, Dr.sc.hum. (University of Heidelberg) is Associate Professor (Cultural Anthropology) at Hokkaido University, Japan; 13. "The Southern Ontario Sanctuary Coalition", Hilary Cunningham, Associate Professor (Anthropology), University of Toronto, Canada; 14. "Sanctuary or Refuge?: Refugee advocacy across the Windsor, Canada - Detroit, U.S.A border in the 1980s", Julie Young (PhD candidate) (Geography), York University, Ontario, Canada; PART III, Sanctuary’s Emergent Realms: 15. "The City as a Space of Sanctuary in the United States" Jennifer Ridgley, Visiting Scholar (Geography), University of New York, USA; 16. "Practicing Sanctuary: the Prosaic Politics of City of Sanctuary in the United Kingdom", Vicki Squire, RCUK Fellow, Open University, UK,Jonathan Darling. Lecturer, (Human Geography) University of St. Andrews, UK; 17. "Raiding the Sanctuary Complex", Michael Innes, Ph.D. Candidate (International Relations), University College London, UK; Conclusion: "Sanctuary’s Pasts and Futures", Sean Rehaag and Randy K. Lippert