Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Structural Violence, Police/Prison Abolition, and Decoloniality

(Un)Placing Prisons



Section 1: Secret Prisons and Forced Disappearances

Arditti, Rita. 1999. Searching for life : The grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the disappeared children of Argentina. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Arditti, Rita., & Lykes, M. 1992. “Recovering identity” – the work of the grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. Women’s Studies International Forum, 15(4), 461.

Brody, Reed., & González, F. 1997. Nunca Más: An Analysis of International Instruments on “Disappearances”. Human Rights Quarterly, 19(2), 365-405.

Gupta, Asish., & Basu, Moushumi. 2010. The Disappeared of Kashmir. Economic and Political Weekly, 45(25), 5.

Rozema, Ralph. 2011. “Forced Disappearance in an Era of Globalization: Biopolitics, Shadow Networks, and Imagined Worlds.” American Anthropologist, 113(4), 582-593.

Schindel, E., & Colombo, P. 2014. Space and the memories of violence : Landscapes of erasure, disappearance and exception (Palgrave Macmillan memory studies). 

Zarrugh, Amina. 2018.  “’You Exile them in their Own Countries’: The Everyday Politics of Reclaiming the Disappeared in Libya.” Middle East Critique. Vol. 27. No. 3.

Zia, Ather. 2019. Resisting disappearance : Military occupation and women’s activism in Kashmir (First ed., Decolonizing feminisms). Seattle: University of Washington Press.


Section 2: Exile and Displacement as Prison


Akanle, Olayinka, Abebe Ejigu Alemu, and Jimi. O Adesina. 2016.  “The Existentialities of Ethiopian and Nigerian Migrants in South Africa.” International Journal of African Renaissance Studies – vol. 11, no. 2.

Alfaro-Velcamp, Theresa, and Mark Shaw. 2016.  “‘Please Go Home and Build Africa’: Criminalising Immigrants in South Africa.” Journal of Southern African Studies: vol. 42, no. 5. 

Andreas, Peter. 2011. Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide. Cornell University Press.

Bartlett, Lesley. 2013. Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South : Lives in Motion. Routledge Research in Education; 94. New York: Routledge. 

Bhagat, Ali H. 2020.  “Queer Necropolitics of Forced Migration: Cyclical Violence in the African Context.” Sexualities 23, no. 3.

Booker, Teresa. 2015.  “Living in Limbo with Hope: Sudanese Refugees and Social Injustice in Egypt.” The Journal of Pan African Studies vol. 8, no. 2.

Chatty, Dawn. 2010. Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East. Cambridge University Press.

Chomsky, Aviva. 2014 Undocumented : How Immigration Became Illegal. Boston: Beacon Press.

De Genova, Nicholas. 2018.  “The “migrant Crisis” as Racial Crisis: Do Black Lives Matter in Europe?” Ethnic and Racial Studies: Special Issue: Race and Crisis 41, no. 10.

De Genova, Nicholas. 2007. “The Production of Culprits: From Deportability to Detainability in the Aftermath of “Homeland Security”.” Citizenship Studies vol. 11, no. 5.

De León, Jason. 2015. The land of open graves: Living and dying on the migrant trail. Vol. 36. Univ of California Press.

Edward, Jane Kani. 2007.  Sudanese Women Refugees : Transformations and Future Imaginings. 1st ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Eltahawy, Nora, Brooke Comer and Amani Elshimi, 2009. Voices in Refuge : Stories from Sudanese Refugees in Cairo. Cairo ; New York: American University in Cairo Press.

Gorman, Anthony., and Sossie. Kasbarian. 2015. Diasporas of the Modern Middle East : Contextualising Community. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. 2010. Migra! A History of the US Border Patrol. University of California Press.

Hester, Torrie. 2015. “Deportability and the Carceral State.” The Journal of American History. vol. 102, no. 1.

Huq, Efadul, and Stacy Anne Harwood. 2019. “Making Homes Unhomely: The Politics of Displacement in a Gentrifying Neighborhood in Chicago.” City & Community 18, no. 2.

Jacobsen, Karen, Maysa Ayoub, and Alice Johnson. 2014. “Sudanese Refugees in Cairo: Remittances and Livelihoods.” Journal of Refugee Studies 27, no. 1.

Jureidini, Ray. 2009. “Irregular Workers in Egypt: Migrant and Refugee Domestic Workers.” International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 11, no. 1.

Koca, Burcu. 2016. “New Social Movements: “Refugees Welcome UK”. European Scientific Journal 12, no. 2.

Lewis, Rachel A, and Nancy A Naples. 2014. “Introduction: Queer Migration, Asylum, and Displacement.” Sexualities vol. 17, no. 8.

Mcbride, Kelly, and Lindsey Kingston. 2014. “Legal Invisibility and the Revolution: Statelessness in Egypt.” Human Rights Review. vol. 15, no. 2.

Murray, David. 2014. “Real Queer: “Authentic” LGBT Refugee Claimants and Homonationalism in the Canadian Refugee System.” Anthropologica vol. 56, no. 1.

Sazzad, Rehnuma. 2017. Edward Said’s Concept of Exile: Identity and Cultural Migration in the Middle East. I.B. Tauris. 

Shakhsari, Sima, Rachel A Lewis, and Nancy A Naples. 2014.  “The Queer Time of Death: Temporality, Geopolitics, and Refugee Rights.” Sexualities vol. 17, no. 8.

Suerbaum, Magdalena. 2018. “Defining the Other to Masculinize Oneself: Syrian Men’s Negotiations of Masculinity during Displacement in Egypt.” Signs 43, no. 3.

Unterman, Katherine. 2015. Uncle Sam’s Policemen: The Pursuit of Fugitives across Borders. Harvard University Press. 

Vaughan-Williams, Nick. 2008. “Borderwork beyond Inside/Outside? Frontex, the Citizen–Detective and the War on Terror.” Space and Polity.

Yaron, Hadas, Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe, and John Campbell. 2013. “”Infiltrators” or Refugees? An Analysis of Israel’s Policy Towards African Asylum-Seekers.” International Migration vol. 51, no. 4.


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