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Integration and Reintegration: Comparing pathways to citizenship through asylum and criminal justice

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    Rights statement: © Kirkwood, S., & McNeill, F. (2015). Integration and Reintegration: Comparing pathways to citizenship through asylum and criminal justice. Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
Early online date16 Mar 2015
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StatePublished - 2015

Abstract

The development of scholarship related to particular categories of people who are subject to different forms of social control often results in subfields that become or remain isolated from each other. As an example, theory and research relating to the reintegration of ex-offenders and the integration of asylum seekers have developed almost completely independently. However, both processes involve people who are marginalized and stigmatized through legal and social processes, and policies and practices in the two fields share somewhat similar concepts and goals. This article therefore seeks to identify insights through a critical comparison of these two areas of research, theory and practice, with the intention of enriching our understanding of both. This comparison highlights that the frameworks reviewed here enable us to move beyond a narrow focus on service user’s behaviours, needs or risks, and into an examination of questions of identity, belonging and justice.

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  • Asylum seekers, desistance, offenders, rehabilitation, reintegration

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