SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Stewart, Simon and Sanders, Charlotte (2024) 'Enduring borders: precarity, swift falls and stretched time in the lives of migrants experiencing homelessness in the UK.' Sociology, 58 (2). pp. 403-419.

This is the latest version of this item.

Text - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY 4.0).

Download (198kB) | Preview


In this article, we draw attention to the border and border governance as key mechanisms of class and ‘race-making’ in the context of an increasingly hostile immigration environment. Focusing on the life story narratives of migrants experiencing homelessness, we extend the reach of analysis beyond the experiences of asylum seekers to gain a stronger understanding of migrant experiences more broadly. In our analysis, we reveal the temporal continuum of suffering endured, ranging from the ‘slow violence’ of the everyday, rooted in precarity and restricted access to the labour market and support services, to moments of rupture where there is a swift decline in circumstances, leading to homelessness. When, at last, the tempo of suffering slows again, these individuals are increasingly excluded from meaningful calendars of activity as they spend their time waiting, often in vain, for an outcome of a Home Office application or for the possibility of some longer-term accommodation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: borders, homelessness, migrant, precarity, time
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 00380385
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 13:14
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

Altmetric Data

Available Versions of this Item

  • Enduring borders: precarity, swift falls and stretched time in the lives of migrants experiencing homelessness in the UK. (deposited 07 Jul 2023 13:14) [Currently Displayed]


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item