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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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The Politics of Proximity

The Politics of Proximity

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(p.181) Chapter 6 The Politics of Proximity
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Postcolonial Asylum
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317132.008

This chapter examines issues of response and responsibility in relation to the presence of the asylum seeker, focusing on acts of substitution as well as their affectivity and effectiveness. It considers ‘response-ability’, a ‘sensibility beyond’ the relational norm, in the context of Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy of ethics. It also discusses the politics and ethics of proximity, of standing in the place of another, by analysing two examples of Australian ‘verbatim theatre’ (that mixes asylum testimonies with performance): Shahin Shafaei's Refugitive (2003) and Ros Horin's Through the Wire (2005). In addition, the chapter compares Levinas's views on proximity with Augusto Boal's performance theory before concluding with a discussion of Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film In This World.

Keywords:   Emmanuel Levinas, ethics, substitution, proximity, response-ability, asylum seeker, Shahin Shafaei, Ros Horin, Michael Winterbottom, politics

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