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Postcolonial AsylumSeeking Sanctuary Before the Law$
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David Farrier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314803

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317132

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Introduction: Before the Law

Introduction: Before the Law

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(p.1) Introduction: Before the Law
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Postcolonial Asylum
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317132.002

For years, postcolonial studies as a discipline has used diaspora theory to describe minoritarian agency. Defined by an anti-nationalist politics and the alloying effect of post-independence commonwealth immigration, postcolonial critics and authors such as Paul Gilroy, Hanif Kureishi, Stuart Hall, and Wilson Harris have rejected a form of root-less/route-oriented to a concept of ‘arborescent’ belonging. This book explores the place of the asylum seeker before the law and considers what Vikki Squire says is the ‘dislocation of a territorial order of governance and belonging’, whereby the anxieties caused by European integration and/or globalisation are assuaged by exclusionary asylum politics. Drawing on documents from personal letters and gifts to photographs, legal correspondence and newspaper clippings, the book focuses on asylum seekers and the asylum regimes of Australia and the United Kingdom.

Keywords:   Australia, United Kingdom, asylum, asylum seeker, postcolonial studies, globalisation, asylum politics, dislocation, diaspora, law

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