The In-Between Spaces of Asylum and Migration

A Participatory Visual Approach

  • Zoë O’Reilly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-303

About this book


Based on ethnographic research with asylum seekers living in a ‘direct provision’ centre in Ireland, and comprising participatory visual methods, this work offers a unique examination of the ‘direct provision’ system that analyses the tensions between exclusion and marginalization, and involvement and engagement with local communities.


It gives voice to the perspectives of residents themselves through an analysis of photographic images and texts created by the participants of the project, providing fresh insight into the everyday experiences of living in these liminal zones between borders, and the various forms of attachment, engagement and belonging that they create. While the book’s empirical focus is on the Irish context, the analysis sheds light on broader policies and experiences of exclusion and the increasing number of liminal spaces between and within borders in which people seeking protection wait.


Situated at the intersection of social anthropology, human geography and participatory arts and visual culture, it will appeal to scholars and students focusing on migration and asylum, ethnicity and integration, as well as those with an interest in participatory and visual research methods.


asylum seekers Ireland participatory research direct provision liminality refugee Critical border studies refugee centers Visual sociology mobility in-betweenness detention centres community-based participatory arts Border Criminologies politics of security

Authors and affiliations

  • Zoë O’Reilly
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyMaynooth UniversityDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-29170-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-29171-6
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