MMIC Seminar Series: A/Prof Leanne Weber - 'An excess of inclusion over belonging': Exploring the police role in the governance and politics of belonging

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10 March 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
N302, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus
Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre; Border Crossings Observatory


'An excess of inclusion over belonging': Exploring the police role in the governance and politics of belonging

Associate Professor Leanne Weber (Border Crossing Observatory, Monash University)

Policing scholars often speak about police ‘patrolling the boundaries of belonging’, however the dynamics of this process are rarely closely examined. Similarly, social researchers exploring questions of integration and identity have generally studied the social and economic factors that influence belonging without considering the impact of encounters with authorities. This paper, based on a qualitative study with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in south east Melbourne, spans this inter-disciplinary field by exploring the impact of police encounters on young people’s personal perceptions of belonging. The study revealed a number of ways in which police enforce, reproduce and sometimes contest the dynamically changing boundaries of belonging at the levels of governance, politics and individual experience, contributing to what Mezzadra and Neilson have called ‘an excess of inclusion over belonging’.

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About the speaker:

Associate Professor Leanne Weber is ARC Future Fellow in the Policing of Internal Borders, Director of the Border Crossing Observatory and Portfolio Lead for the Policing, Borders and Inclusion portfolio within the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. She researches border control and migration policing using criminological and human rights frameworks.

Leanne is the author of several books include The Routledge International Handbook on Criminology and Human Rights, 2017 (with Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo), Policing Non-Citizens, 2013 (Routledge), Stop and Search: Police Power in Global Context, 2013 (Routledge, with Ben Bowling) and Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier, 2011 (Palgrave, with Sharon Pickering).

This seminar is presented by the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre.

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