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This special issue has its roots in an International Conference on ‘Deportation and the Development of Citizenship’ held at the University of Oxford on 11–12 December 2009. It aimed to examine deportation as a mechanism of both immigration and social control, and to explore the ways in which the rise of deportation reflects and generates changes in conceptions of membership in liberal states. The conference brought together scholars from a range of disciplines, from classics to criminology, as well as activists and policymakers. The levels of engagement and interaction of conference participants indicated that this is a subject that benefits from multiple perspectives and interdisciplinarity.

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