Accidents, Agency and Asylum: Constructing the Refugee Subject

Behrman, Simon (2014) Accidents, Agency and Asylum: Constructing the Refugee Subject. Law and Critique, 25 (3). pp. 249-270. ISSN 0957-8536

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Abstract

Refugee law demands that the asylum seeker demonstrate an extremely limited and distorted form of agency that is encapsulated within the legal definition of the refugee. Such a framework also denies the role of the accidental in the refugee experience. I argue that the problem lies at the heart of the legal form, as constructed under capitalism. The sans-papiers show us the potential for refugees themselves to reconstruct a subjectivity that transcends the distorted form of agency and the false dichotomy between the accidental and agency found in law, through their rejection of legal definitions and the re-emergence of themselves as political subjects.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 10:02
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 23:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/49338
DOI: 10.1007/s10978-014-9140-x

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