The Calais Jungle : A slum of London’s making. / Mould, Oliver.

In: City, Vol. 21, No. 3-4, 2017, p. 388-404.

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The Calais Jungle has existed in some form for several years. It grew in size tremendously as a result of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, but was spectacularly demolished in October 2016. When the Jungle was still standing, it was a site of intense violence perpetuated by the local police, state authorities as well as French legal systems. Much of the literature that has explored the Jungle thus far has rightly depicted it as an unofficial refugee camp, a ‘state of exception’ and a site of biopolitical experimentation with distinct ‘camp geographies’. However, it is the contention of this paper that while these experimentations occur and fuel the precariousness of the site, the Jungle can be seen as a slum, and indeed, that it can be seen as a slum of London’s making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-404
Number of pages17
JournalCity
Volume21
Issue number3-4
Early online date8 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
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