Free the Yarl’s Wood Freedom Fighters – demo Thursday 8th November

This has come to our attention from Movement for Justice:

Five women asylum seekers at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre are being held in prisons around the country – they haven’t been charged with any crime, let alone convicted – they have been put into prison by the UK Border Agency for exercising the fundamental democratic right to organise and protest in order to demand justice.

All five were part of mass protests by up to 200 women in the detention centre, sparked by the brutal treatment of a woman who was dragged naked through the detention centre by six guards in an attempt to deport her.  It is not a crime to speak the plain truth about racist, sexist brutality and fight for justice & freedom. The Yarl’s Wood Five must be freed.

Where and When

Thursday 8th November (tomorrow) – 2.30pm, demonstration at Holloway Prison, London. (Holloway Prison, Pankhurst Road, N7 0NU). This is where two of the five women are being held.

Also, Saturday 10th November, 1pm, at Styal Prison, Styal Road, Wimslow, Cheshire, SK9 4HR, where Aderonke, another of the five, is being held.

For more information, contact Movement for Justice at

Interested in learning more about the shocking state of migrant rights and illegal detentions?

Pluto has published two important books recently on borders, immigration and refugee rights. These are Alexandra Hall’s Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control (Pluto, 2012) and Frances Webber’s Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights (Pluto, 2012). To find out more, or to purchase copies, simply click on the cover images.

New books from Pluto in July – Border Watch / How to Read Barthes / Ireland in the World Order / Dot.compradors

Alexandra Hall, Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control

Border Watch

Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control

Alexandra Hall

Inside account of the much discussed, but little understood, immigration system, focussing on life inside the controversial detention centres.

“Border Watch challenges the way we understand detention just as this practice is becoming ever more central to the policing of borders and boundaries in many countries. With its focus on the everyday life of guards and officers in a particular detention complex, and its creative mix of ethnography, political theory, cultural geography and moral philosophy, it will inspire a whole new generation of studies of migration/security.” – William Walters, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, and author of Governmentality: Critical Encounters (2012).

“Immigration detention is a huge but little-known phenomenon of our era. Border Watch is a rich, thoughtful, fair, and ultimately strong examination of immigration detention centres and guards. The devil is in the details: a saying that genuinely describes what Hall discovers. This book succeeds in linking ethnographic description with major public issues of immigration and power.” – Josiah McC. Heyman, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas, El Paso.

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Ed White, How to Read Barthes’ Image-Music-Text

How to Read Barthes’ Image-Music-Text

Ed White

Accessible guide to Barthes’ most widely taught work. A perfect companion for studying Barthes’ ideas in cultural studies and literary theory.

“Using clear examples to explicate Barthes’s concerns, this volume is a triumph of exposition and illustration, be it in narrative analysis, visual theory, cultural studies, or textual essayism. By taking the essays in Image-Music-Text in the non-chronological order given to them by Stephen Heath, the volume even attempts, tentatively, provisionally, a synthesis.” – Andy Stafford, Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, University of Leeds

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Maurice Coakley, Ireland in the World Order: A History of Uneven Development

Ireland in the World Order

A History of Uneven Development

Maurice Coakley

Examines Ireland’s development from the medieval to the modern era, comparing its unique trajectory with that of England, Scotland and Wales.

“The scope of the work is original…a complex interaction between political theory, Irish history, theology, sociology and anthropology.” – Senior Lecturer in European Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Jyoti Saraswati, Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry


Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry

Jyoti Saraswati

Argues that the celebrated Indian IT industry is in fact a substantial obstacle to a broader-based, more egalitarian form of development in India.

“This important book blasts open the myths about what is seen as the Indian economy’s most successful sector. Dot.compradors will become required reading not only for those concerned with the Indian software industry, but anyone interested in the Indian economy and in this particular trajectory of development. “ – Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

“A very important intervention. Saraswati’s book fills a very important gap in the existing literature… A must-read for courses on economics and management in India.” – Chirashree Das Gupta, Associate Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site