In 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message ‘In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest’. This marked a turning point in government-sponsored communication designed to demonstrate control and toughness on immigration.
This book explores the effects of this toughness on policy, public debate, pro-migrant and anti-racist activism, and on the everyday lives of people in Britain.
Professor Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster) and journalist Kiri Kankhwende will discuss the relevance of the book to current ideas and politics, joined by members of the author collective: Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, William Davies, Kirsten Forkert, Emma Jackson and Roiyah Saltus
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The book launch will initially be launched in Manchester but there will be events in London in May hopefully.
“I am delighted to endorse this book, this is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding how the anxiety and fear-driven politics of border control plays itself out to its logical and devastating conclusion in public discourses and immigration enforcement policies. But perhaps its greatest significance lies in the facts that it gives space to the voices of resistance that continue to keep hope alive in these bleakest of times.”
The book references the impromptu demo by SBS clients and staff protesting the go-home vans and involvement in this important project.
Buy Go Home direct from Manchester University Press