Between law and the nation state:Novel representations of the refugee

Behrman, Simon (2016) Between law and the nation state:Novel representations of the refugee. Refuge, 32 (1). pp. 38-49. ISSN 0229-5113

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Abstract

Given the degraded profile of the refugee in contemporary discourse, it is tempting to seek alternatives from a rich tradition of literary tropes of exile. However, this article argues that the romanticized figure of the literary exile ends up denying, albeit in positive terms, a genuine refugee voice, as much as the current impersonal hegemonic concept of the refugee as found in law. Ultimately, the spell in which refugees find themselves trapped today can be broken only by opening up a space of politics in which the refugee herself can be heard.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Refuge is an open access electronic publication, available free of charge through our website. This ensures that the journal is accessible to readers who may not have access to academic libraries, including practitioners, people in situations of forced migration, and readers from the global south.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 12:06
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 01:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59430
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