Spousal visa law and structural violence: Fear, anxiety, and terror of the everyday

Alexandria Innes, Brent Steele

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Attending to mundane bureaucratic politics can highlight forms of everyday structural violence. This article draws attention to the spousal visa law in the UK. On the surface, this law does violence to family life, forcing indefinite separation. However, this law is also symbolic of some of the main structural violence in society that cross-cut gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, age, education level and profession, thus making tangible some of the intangible borders in society. Through the vehicle of this law we will consider how structural violence can operate as an everyday terror, disrupting the boundaries of public and private life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-415
Number of pages15
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Issue number3
Early online date29 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • everyday
  • structural violence
  • anxiety
  • fear
  • gender
  • race
  • class
  • immigration

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