Key messages Refuge policies need to recognise the importance of meeting teenagers’ rights to digital access. A balance is required between empowerment, participation and protection when considering digital access for young people. Monitoring and safeguarding rather than outright prohibition or restricted access to the internet should be considered. Introduction Digital technology has become increasingly widespread but is of particular relevance to teenagers and is a key feature of their lives ( Coleman, 2011 ; Livingstone et al, 2014 ). The
Key messages Idealised, women-only spaces, refuges are a ‘spatial imaginary’ for those engaged in feminist work relating to violence against women and girls (VAWG). The way we conceptualise refuges shapes our ability to advocate and create places of safety for minoritised survivors, either reproducing or disrupting oppressive power relations. Introduction Since the establishment of the United Kingdom’s (UK) first women’s refuges in the 1970s, theorists and practitioners internationally have understood them as a crucial constituent of a feminist
Key messages for policy and practice No single model of refuge is suitable for all victim-survivors; a range of options is crucial. Data regarding the open or Dutch model of refuge is encouraging but sparse. More research is needed to develop the evidence base and assess its applicability in an English context. The introduction of a statutory duty for Tier 1 English Local Authorities to fund supported DA accommodation is promising; local commissioning should be undertaken in consultation with specialist DA services and informed by the evidence base on
89 SEVEN Revisiting The Last Refuge: present-day methodological challenges1 Julia Johnson, Sheena Rolph and Randall Smith Introduction When Peter Townsend “had to leave his university rooms on his retirement” (Thompson, 1998, p 173), data from his lifetime’s work were deposited in the National Social Policy and Social Change Archive at the University of Essex. As Paul Thompson has commented, this is “very likely the most in-depth documentation that will ever be collected of the conditions and experience of old age and poverty in Britain” (Corti and Thompson
Introduction Puʻu are raised grounds where the seeds of our survival are planted; honua is the unflinching earth beneath us, the enduring Papahānaumoku who outlasts all upheaval. Puʻuhonua are sanctuaries grown in sheltered enclaves – hills, cliffs, shorelines – ritually consecrated to protect those within from peril. In the distant past, Kanaka Maoli fleeing the violence of war or escaping chiefly punishment could retreat to these places of refuge where they would be safe from execution. A traditional sanctum of care and security grown by our ancestors
THREE Peter Townsend, a man ahead of his time: re-reading The family life of old people and The last refuge Hilary Land and Hilary Rose In this chapter we explore two of Peter Townsend’s pioneering studies: first, The family life of old people (1957), an ethnography of Bethnal Green, and second, The last refuge (1962), a nationwide study of old people living in residential homes. We suggest that these key texts laid the foundations of his entire opus. The financial Dunkirk Before describing these studies in more detail, and discussing their relevance for
pioneering local domestic violence services. These include its refuge/shelter (transition house in Canadian terms), the famed London Women’s Community House. This outstandingly successful shelter stands proudly at a widely known and public address. A beacon in the Canadian domestic abuse sector, it has struggled more and more to keep up with demand in the 2010s. 8 More recently, the Women’s Community House has merged with the Sexual Assault Centre London to form the organisation, Anova, whose resounding aim is to move towards: ‘An inclusive world of shared power where
297 FOURTEEN Seeking refuge in the Nordic model: social policy in iceland after 2008 Zoë Irving introduction As a small island state, Iceland has not figured prominently in comparative analysis or welfare state modelling and has only recently gained popular notoriety as a result of its economic and environmental volatility. Notwithstanding the parallels between the global effects of volcanic ash clouds and the ballooning detritus of international finance, this chapter focuses on the Icelandic experience of 21st-century financial crisis, and what this
This book explores relationships between war, displacement and city-making. Focusing on people seeking refuge in Somali cities after being forced to migrate by violence, environmental shocks or economic pressures, it highlights how these populations are actively transforming urban space.
Using first-hand testimonies and participatory photography by urban in-migrants, the book documents and analyses the micropolitics of urban camp management, evictions and gentrification, and the networked labour of displaced populations that underpins growing urban economies. Central throughout is a critical analysis of how the discursive figure of the ‘internally displaced person’ is co-produced by various actors. The book argues that this label exerts significant power in structuring socio-economic inequalities and the politics of group belonging within different Somali cities connected through protracted histories of conflict-related migration.
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This ground breaking book presents the first evidence of forced labour among displaced migrants who seek refuge in the UK.
Through a critical engagement with contemporary debates about precarity, unfreedom and socio-legal status, the book explores how asylum and forced labour are linked, and enmeshed in a broader picture of modern slavery produced through globalised working conditions.
Drawing on original evidence generated in fieldwork with refugees and asylum seekers, this is important reading for students and academics in social policy, social geography, sociology, politics, refugee, labour and migration studies, and policy makers and practitioners working to support migrants and tackle forced labour.