Monday 15th May 2017, 6.30 – 8.30pm

The Word Bookshop, 314 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AF

In July 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message ‘In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest.’ This book tells the story of what happened next.

The vans were short-lived, but they were part of an ongoing trend in government-sponsored communication designed to demonstrate toughness on immigration. The authors set out to explore the effects of such performances: on policy, on public debate, on pro-migrant and anti-racist activism, and on the everyday lives of people in Britain. This book presents their findings, and provides insights into the practice of conducting research on such a charged and sensitive topic.

Dr Suzanne Hall (LSE) and Rita Chadha (Charity CEO, equalities and migration campaigner) will discuss the relevance of the book to current ideas and politics, joined by members of the author collective: Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, William Davies, Kirsten Forkert, Emma Jackson and Roiyah Saltus.

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