Rowman and Littlefield International
Refugees Now

Refugees Now

Rethinking Borders, Hospitality, and Citizenship

Edited by Kelly Oliver, Lisa M. Madura, and Sabeen Ahmed

Publication Date: May 2019

Pages 352

Hardback 9781786611628
Paperback 9781786611635
Ebook 9781786611642
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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.
Part I: Practical Approaches to a Politics of Inclusion / 1. Beyond Human Rights and Carceral Humanitarianism, Kelly Oliver / 2. Refugees and the Politics of Indignity, David Owen / 3. Political Refugees and Economic Migrants: A Distinction Without a Difference?, Chong Choe-Smith / 4. The Rights of Immigrants and the Duties of Nations: On Cesar Chavez, Transnational Justice, and the Temporality of Rights, Eduardo Mendieta / 5. Humanity and the Refugee: Another Stab at Universal Human Rights, Nöelle McAfee / Part II: Exclusion, Alienation, and the Challenge of Hospitality / 6. I Am Not Your Canvas: Narratives, Nostalgia, and the (Re)claiming of Refugee Voices, Anna Gotlib / 7. The Origin that Never Was: The Loss of Heimat and New Beginnings, Gertrude Postl / 8. Hospitality and the Political Economy of Care, Lisa Madura / 9. Welcoming Refugees: Mindful Citizenship and the Political Responsibility of Hospitality, Jade Schiff / 10. On the Limits of Hospitality: Arendt and Balibar on a Universal Right to Politics, Peg Birmingham / Part III: Statelessness and the Foreign Other / 11. Humanitarian Melancholia: Humanitarianism and the Need for Morality of Thinking, Mladjo Ivanovic / 12. Critiquing Agamben’s Refugee: The Ontological Decolonization of Homo Sacer, Sabeen Ahmed / 13. Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Statelessness, Refugee Camps, and Moral Obligations, Serena Parekh / 14. Strangers to Ourselves: Contemporary Horizons, Julia Kristeva, translated by Lisa Walsh / Excursus: Fragments from Vienna / 15. How to be a Refug(e)e for a Stranger, Esther Huftless and Elizabeth Schaefer / 16. Echotext. Between here and there. A Meteoric Meditation, Eva-Maria Aigner / Index
Far from being a demographic problem, the so-called refugee crisis is a moral and even more political challenge to the foundational values and principles of the international community – from dignity to hospitality, from human rights to humanitarian reason. This is what this beautifully constructed polyphonic opus convincingly demonstrates, making it an urgent reading for anyone concerned by the tragic fate of exiles in the contemporary world.
Didier Fassin, Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and over 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has been published in The New York Times.

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