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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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Be/held: Ban and Iteration

Be/held: Ban and Iteration

(p.92) Chapter 3 Be/held: Ban and Iteration
Postcolonial Asylum
Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores how the ban prevents asylum seekers from engaging in the forms of social and even biological reproduction enjoyed by citizens, and how it can be challenged by forms of iterative self-staging. Reproduction is a central operation of the camp dispositif that restricts its subjects' capacity to reproduce themselves relationally, especially in the case of women asylum seekers. The chapter considers the replication of this exclusion in Jacques Derrida's hospitality theory by analysing three works: Kate Adshead's 2009 play The Bogus Woman, Stephen Frears's 2002 film Dirty Pretty Things, and Leila Aboulela's 2005 fiction Minaret. Finally, it discusses a range of ‘walking practices’, founded on Misha Myers's Plymouth-based ‘Way from Home’ project, to argue that postcolonial studies must be integrated with the discourse of the ban to achieve a complementary sense of iterative dissatisfaction.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, hospitality theory, Kate Adshead, Stephen Frears, Leila Aboulela, asylum seekers, reproduction, ban, Misha Myers, walking practices

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