Sanctuary City: A Suspended State (Mobility & Politics) by J. Bagelman

By J. Bagelman

This booklet lines the traditional suggestion of sanctuary. It examines how the modern sanctuary urban flow contributes to a adversarial asylum regime by way of protecting asylum seekers in a suspended country the place rights are indefinitely deferred. even as, it explores myriad subversive practices difficult this ready state.

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Many of these men have had their claim for refugee status rejected and, as a result, have suffered the exhaustion of destitution: no access to government service benefits, no housing, no right to work, all render the roundabout that much more poignant. 3 Sanctuary and charity are often exhaled in the same frustrated breath. 4 Their sole source of aid, sanctuary support nevertheless elicits in these men a sense of dependency, uselessness and invisibility. Although sanctuary is generally seen as a necessary good for and by these men, they distain the passivity it demands of them.

Also see Appendix 1 for a more lengthy discussion about how this approach is deployed.  I borrow this framing from Raymond Geuss where he discusses the genealogical method as a process of following lines that have been displaced. Raymond Geuss, ‘Nietzsche and Genealogy,’ in Nietzsche, ed. John Richardson and Brian Leiter. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), 322–340.  CJ Cox, The Sanctuaries and Sanctuary Seekers of Mediaeval England. (London: George Allen & Sons, 1911).  Sylvie Da Lomba’s ‘Legal status and refugee integration: a UK perspective,’ Journal of Refuge Studies 23, no.

National City of Sanctuary AGM. Nottingham, United Kingdom. October 31, 2011. Important to note the use of ‘strategy’ rather than a ‘tactic’ being deployed.  Craig Barnett and Inderjit Bhogal, Becoming a City of Sanctuary: A Practical Handbook with Inspiring Examples. (Plug and Tap, 2009).  Ibid.  Ibid, 68.  Ibid, 69.  National City of Sanctuary AGM. Nottingham, United Kingdom. October 31, 2011.  Ibid. 0007 Mapping Sanctuary’s Sacred Promise   Ibid.  Craig Barnett and Inderjit Bhogal, Becoming a City of Sanctuary: A Practical Handbook with Inspiring Examples.

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