British Immigration Courts: A Study of Law and Politics by Max Travers

By Max Travers

Immigration has been a arguable zone of public coverage because the Commonwealth Immigration Act ended such a lot fundamental immigration in 1962. This research appears to be like on the paintings of practitioners within the court-system that hears appeals from immigrants opposed to judgements made by means of the British executive.

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They can also, however, be understood as private social worlds, whose members have a distinctive viewpoint on the appeals process, which is not immediately available to outsiders. Understanding the private world of the courtroom There is a large sociological literature about the courtroom, which can be explained by the fact that courts offer a rich source of publicly-available data about most aspects of society. J. Simpson murder trial, are publicly available on television1. In Britain, it is not normally possible to make audio- or video-recordings of criminal or civil hearings, but anyone can sit at the back of a courtroom and take a full set of notes.

In studying the immigration courts in this way, I hope to show that there are alternatives to the dominant paradigms of neo-Marxism and poststructuralism that can be used in studying racial and ethnic relations14. I would also like to feel that my approach to this topic has considerable implications beyond the study of racial and ethnic relations. For one thing, in addressing the perspectives of lawyers, civil servants and politicians (admittedly in different degrees of depth), this study can also be viewed as an interpretive contribution to the sociology of law and politics.

It is almost exclusively concerned with the study of literature, and different varieties of poststructuralist theory, rather than the empirical study of social processes. 10 It has recently become accepted that the term ‘black’ should be abandoned, following the critiques made by Modood (1992) and Hall (1989), and by collections like Donald and Rattansi (1992), since it fails to distinguish between ‘AfroCaribbeans’ and ‘Asians’, or between subgroups within these categories. It is still, however, widely used in undergraduate essays.

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