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This important new book examines the status of refugees from a philosophical perspective. The contributors explore the conditions faced by refugees and clarify the conceptual, practical, and ethical issues confronting the contemporary global community with respect to refugees. The book takes up topics ranging from practical matters, such as the social and political production of refugees, refugee status and the tension between citizen rights and human rights, and the handling of detention and deportation, to more conceptual and theoretical concerns, such as the ideology, rhetoric, and propaganda that sustain systems of exclusion and expulsion, to the ethical dimensions that invoke hospitality and transnational responsibility. Ideal for students and scholars in Political and Social Philosophy and Migration Studies more broadly, the book provides a critical commentary on material responses to contemporary refugee crises as a means of opening pathways to more pointed assessments of both the political and ideological underpinnings of statelessness.

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ISBN-13: 9781786611635
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/03/2019
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA.
Lisa M. Madura is a Graduate Fellow in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA.
Sabeen Ahmed is a Provost's Graduate Fellow and PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Table of Contents

Sabeen Ahmed and Lisa Madura
Part I: Humanitarianism and Human Rights
1. Refugees and the Politics of Indignity
David Owen
2. Refugees and the Right to Politics
Nöelle McAfee
3. Humanitarian Melancholia: Humanitarianism and the Need for Morality of Thinking
Mladjo Ivanovic
Part II: Hospitality, Care, and Responsibility
4. Hospitality and the Political Economy of Care
Lisa Madura
5. Welcoming Refugees: Mindful Citizenship and the Political Responsibility of Hospitality
Jade Schiff
6. On the Limits of Hospitality: Arendt and Balibar on a Universal Right to Politics
Peg Birmingham
Part III: Refugee Detention and Exclusion Today
7. Abolish Refugee Detention: Rethinking International Law and Carceral Humanitarianism
Kelly Oliver
8. Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Statelessness, Refugee Camps, and Moral Obligations
Serena Parekh
9. Critiquing Agamben’s Refugee: The Ontological Decolonization of Homo Sacer
Sabeen Ahmed
Part IV: Experiences of Immigration
10. Political Refugees and Economic Migrants: A Distinction Without a Difference?
Chong Choe-Smith
11. The Rights of Immigrants and the Duties of Nations: On Cesar Chavez, Transnational Justice, and the Temporality of Rights
Eduardo Mendieta
12. The Origin that Never Was: The Loss of Heimat and New Beginnings
Gertrude Postl
13. Strangers to Ourselves: Contemporary Horizons
Julia Kristeva, translated by Lisa Walsh
Part V: Listening to Refugee Voices
14. I Am Not Your Canvas: Narratives, Nostalgia, and the (Re)claiming of Refugee Voices
Anna Gotlib
15. How to be a Refug(e)e for a Stranger?
Esther Huftless and Elisabeth Schaefer
16. Echotext. Between Here and There. A Meteoric Meditation: In Response to “How to be a Refuge(e) for a Stranger?”
Eva-Maria Aigner

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