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Refugees, rights and writing: An Arendtian Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ours is a time of global institutional change. It would perhaps be premature to refer to this situation as a condition of statelessness, but there is a sense in which the modern state has lost its privileged position in the exercise of democratic politics. Partly through its own act of outsourcing and outlawing, partly through pressure from global actors and economic structures, it has assisted in creating a growing call of ‘precarious’ people around the world: migrants, refugees, stateless persons. The number of people without rights or work in Europe is growing. In political life, this group is the subject of increasingly hostile discourse on ‘illegal immigrants’ and ‘international terrorism’. This paper explores how a rereading of the work Hannah Arendt can contribute to the analytical and political task of giving an alternative meaning to the presence of this group in our societies. She shows us the stateless person as a victim subjected to a very specific form of domination; as an emblematic figure whose status exposes the contradiction of state-centered citizenship and the discourse of human rights; and as an important political actor whose protests can become visible sites of active citizenship.

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2015.
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Political Science
Research subject
Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283045DiVA: diva2:918082
Conference
Human Rights, Violence, and Dictatorship, Krakow, Polen 3-4th december 2015
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-968
Available from: 2016-04-09 Created: 2016-04-09 Last updated: 2017-02-03

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