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Postcolonial Asylum: Seeking Sanctuary Before the Law

David Farrier


This book is concerned with asylum as a key emerging postcolonial field. Through an engagement with asylum legislation, legal theory and ethics, it argues that the exclusionary culture of host nations casts asylum seekers as contemporary incarnations of the infrahuman object of colonial sovereignty. The book includes readings of the work of asylum seekers, postcolonial authors and filmmakers, including J. M. Coetzee, Caryl Phillips, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Leila Aboulela, Stephen Frears, Pawel Pawlikowski, and Michael Winterbottom. These readings are framed by the work of postcolonial theorists (Ho ... More

Keywords: asylum, legal theory, ethics, exclusionary culture, asylum seekers, colonial sovereignty, postcolonial authors, J. M. Coetzee, Caryl Phillips, Abdulrazak Gurnah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846314803
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317132


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Farrier, author