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New state-theoretic approaches to asylum and refugee geographies.

Gill, Nicholas (2010) New state-theoretic approaches to asylum and refugee geographies. Progress in Human Geography, 34 (5). pp. 626-645.

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Abstract

This paper examines recent innovations in the way the concept of the state is employed by geographers researching forced migrants' and refugees' experiences. A still-dominant body of thought tends to essentialize the state and foreground both its institutional forms and coercive powers by asking questions that take the primacy of these attributes for granted. In response, poststructuralist geographers and sociologists have begun to forge alternative views of states, drawing upon a useful cynicism over the coherence of the state, as well as an engagement with Foucauldian notions of governmentality. The paper examines these alternative approaches in order to distil the characteristics of an emerging critical asylum geography.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Progress in Human Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 28087
Deposited By: Nick M Gill
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2009 09:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28087

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