Borders and justice

A postscript

in Focaal
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  • 1 University of Oxford mary.bosworth@crim.ox.ac.uk
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In this piece I offer an overview of the theme section and reflect on the relationship between academic studies and social justice. By comparing anthropology with my home discipline of criminology, I point to some shared and distinct contributions practitioners in these fields can make to our understanding about border control. Without being too pessimistic, I warn about the limits of ‘humanizing’ research subjects as a means to bring about progressive change, and suggest instead, drawing on the work of the theme section, that more needs to be done alongside and with individuals and local communities.

Focaal

Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology