The award recognises a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture. Ruben Andersson’s study on migration and border controls is based on several hundred interviews with migrants, non-governmental organisations and international officials, border guards, charity workers, activists and smugglers.

Ruben Andersson, associated researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology and postdoctoral researcher at LSE, argues that the industries set up to control migration actually lead migrants to take greater risks along more dangerous routes. As more and more money is spent in an attempt to regulate movement, these industries only create more illegal behaviour.

Thinking Allowed

In a special edition of Thinking Allowed to mark the announcement of the winner of the 2015 award, Professor Beverley Skeggs, Professor Adam Kuper, and Dr Coretta Phillips explain why they think Ruben Andersson’s book has made the most significant contribution to ethnography over the past year.

The programme also has an interview with Ruben Andersson.

Listen to Thinking Allowed (2015-04-22).

BBC has made an interactive video about the winning Ethnography Award. Watch the video “Do tighter border controls lead to increased migrant illegality?”

Further information

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