Denico
in Deporting Black Britons
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The final ethnographic portrait, Chapter 5, describes Denico’s painful separation from his partner Kendal and her children. Denico and Kendal’s own accounts are contrasted with Home Office correspondence and policy, which demonstrate the violence wrought by restrictive definitions of ‘family life’. The chapter then introduces two other deported people, Darel and Michelle, as a way of extending this discussion of deportation and ‘the family’. The chapter shows that although men are the primary targets of deportation, the consequences of their removal are borne by women, often in profoundly gendered ways (i.e. in relation to employment, childcare, housing and welfare). Overall, the chapter argues that deportation is a key site at which we can observe the state’s regulation of gender, sexuality and family.

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