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Discourses on LGBT Asylum in the UkConstructing a Queer Haven$
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Thibaut Raboin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099632

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099632.001.0001

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Narrating LGBT asylum

Narrating LGBT asylum

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Discourses on LGBT Asylum in the Uk

Thibaut Raboin

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the narrativisation of seventeen asylum cases in British newspapers between 2003 and 2014 in around 150 press articles, a BBC Two documentary, documentation produced by NGOs and some international legal documents. The chapter unpacks three aspects that are crucial for the problematisation of asylum: firstly, the way narratives produce a specific temporality allowing for the exposition of happier futures in the UK, and the expression of colonial imaginaries. Secondly, the importance of LGBT human rights in the way the social problem is perceived, and consequently, can be solved. Finally, the way LGBT asylum cases serve to powerfully stage the position of the British state and its liberal subjects in an LGBT-positive state: they are a site for the negotiation of what it means to uphold sexual rights.

Keywords:   Social problems, Human rights, Refugee narratives, Sexual citizenship, Postcolonialism

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