Narratives of coercive precarity experienced by mothers seeking asylum in the UK (Wales)

Shobiye, Laura and Parker, Samuel (2022) Narratives of coercive precarity experienced by mothers seeking asylum in the UK (Wales). Ethnic and Racial Studies. ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

This paper explores the impact of the UK’s racialized asylum system on mothers and their children. Asylum-seeking mothers in the UK are treated with hostility and suspicion and prohibited from basic socio-economic rights such as employment yet must also raise their children within this hostile environment. In this paper, based on a Thematic Narrative Analysis of interviews with refugee and asylum-seeking mothers in Wales, we argue that legalized hostility and exclusion are systemic coercive control. Using theories of social reproduction and coercive control, we explore the emotional and psychological impact of coercion on four women and show how this systemic coercive control leads to both the fracturing of families and the fracturing of motherhood. Through the analysis of asylum-seeking mothers’ experiences, we show that the coercion exerted on the women has direct and indirect impacts on their children through deprivation, isolation and fractured relationships.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2022.2079383
Dates:
DateEvent
10 May 2022Accepted
31 May 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: asylum seekers, motherhood, coercive control, immigration, racialization, children
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-02 - applied psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Samuel Parker
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 15:27
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 15:27
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13267

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