‘My kids won’t grow up here’: Policing, borders and belonging

  • Leanne Weber

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Refereed blog article for for themed series on Policing, Migration and National Identity

Period1 Apr 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • Title‘My kids won’t grow up here’: Policing, borders and belonging
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBorder Criminologies website
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionPolice researchers 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 socio-cultural and economic factors that influence belonging without considering the impact of encounters with authorities. My article, based on a qualitative study conducted with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in south-east Melbourne, connects these fields of inquiry by exploring the impact of contact with police on young people’s personal perceptions of belonging, and relates these encounters to forms of internal bordering.
    PersonsLeanne Weber


  • policing
  • race
  • migration