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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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The biopolitics of recognition

The biopolitics of recognition

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Discourses on LGBT Asylum in the Uk

Thibaut Raboin

Manchester University Press

This chapter is dedicated to the analysis of the state management of refugees. It looks at credibility as a central part of the biopolitics of LGBT asylum, and argues that as a mode of veridiction, credibility is based on a series of sexual ontologies, affects and modes of projection that (re)produce as ‛true’ certain forms of liberal queerness. It suggests that the recognition apparatus not only has the function of excluding (or not) claimants, but also of strengthening the hegemony of liberal queerness as a universal way of being queer in the world. Looking at the debates and criticisms around credibility, the chapter then shows how (1) the assessment of credibility involves a neoliberal discipline of self-presentation that assumes autonomy and self-governance on the part of asylum seekers. It also examines how (2) in the debates around how to best recognise truthful claimants, the state and its critics are engaged in a collective work of gradual improvement of the biopolitical machinery of asylum.

Keywords:   Hospitality, Credibility, Recognition, Neoliberal governance, Biopolitics

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