1. An anthropological approach to studying the asylum field 2. The evolution of the British asylum system 3. The work of the British Home Office and UK border agency 4. Taking and making refugee claims : the work of immigration case workers, interpeters, and barristers 5. The immigration and asylum tribunal and the work of immigration judges 6. Asylum appeals : the architecture of justice and the court of appeal 7. The kafkaesque experience of seeking asylum in the UK 8. Interest groups, asylum policy, and home office intransigence.