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Welcome to Britain: The Cultural Politics of Asylum.

Tyler, I. (2006) Welcome to Britain: The Cultural Politics of Asylum. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 9 (2). pp. 185-202.

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Abstract

Questions of asylum and immigration have taken centre stage in national and international debate and figure prominently in the domestic political agendas of wealthy states and nations. In Australia, Europe and the US, harsh and punitive asylum and immigration laws are being enacted incrementally and asylum-seekers are subject increasingly to detention. Through a focus on the detention of asylum-seekers in the UK, this article makes a critical intervention in current theoretical debates around asylum.Focusing on the writing of Giorgio Agamben, this article suggests that within political and cultural theory, there has been a turn to the figure of the asylum-seeker (and the refugee) as a trope for theorizing the political constitution of the present. By opening up a critical dialogue between humanitarian, media studies and abstract theoretical accounts of immigration detention, this article produces a critique of the ways in which theory appropriates the figure of the asylum-seeker.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Cultural Studies
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: abjection • asylum-seeker • critical and cultural theory • Giorgio Agamben • humanitarian • immigration • Judith Butler • refugee • Sara Ahmed
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 3509
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 14:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:45
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3509

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