Against the Manichees: Immigration Detention and the Shaping of the Theo-political Imagination

  • Anna Rowlands
Part of the Religion and Global Migrations book series (RGM)


This chapter explores the practices of immigration detention examined through an Augustinian lens. Making a case for a metaphysical reading of contemporary immigration practices distilled from the reasoning of both detainees themselves and the theological tradition, Anna Rowlands deploys Augustine’s notion of evil as the process through which the good is lost as an illuminating way to understand the disordered nature of detention practice. She concludes with an argument for attending to the question of the global, national and local “goods” that an immigration system should serve.

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  • Anna Rowlands
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  1. 1.Department of Theology and ReligionUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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