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    Death zones, comfort zones: queering the refugee question

    Bruce-Jones, Eddie (2015) Death zones, comfort zones: queering the refugee question. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 22 (1), pp. 101-127. ISSN 1385-4879.

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    Abstract

    Sexuality-based refugee claims constitute an expanding area of legal practice and scholarship. This expansion in the field of refugee law mirrors international efforts to address homophobia in various sites around the globe, and in legal terms, this has predominantly taken the form of rights-based protections, such as decriminalising same-sex sexual acts as a matter of civil and political rights. The strategies of addressing sex-, gender- and sexuality-based oppression in the context of free movement on one hand and constitutional protections on the other share a common set of tensions and dilemmas, and both risk re-inscribing fundamental aspects of the very violence that they each seek to address. This article asks what it might mean to ‘queer’ refugee law, particularly in the context of its dynamic relationship with the discourse of decriminalisation. The article takes forward the centrality of sexual politics within the moral economy of migration regulation and attempts to approach it with the methodological impulse and transformative potential that ‘queer’ suggests.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Research Centre: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 14:09
    Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 09:22
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11487

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