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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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(p.150) Afterword
Discourses on LGBT Asylum in the Uk

Thibaut Raboin

Manchester University Press

The afterword reflects on the book’s findings and asks: what are the changes in the structure of public discourses about LGBT asylum in the UK that could empower asylum seekers, allow for a greater fairness in decision-making, and decolonise queer hospitality? It identifies several issues in public discourses, starting with a queer/race fragmentation which makes it harder for the voices that do not articulate their politics using the dominant liberal or universalist modes to be heard and disseminated in public arenas. A second suggestion is that freer testimonial practices should be fostered so that asylum-seekers can re-appropriate the hermeneutical function of self-narration in order to start a process of self-crafting that eschews homonationalist narrative. Finally, opening up public arenas to the complex and often challenging stories told in queer refugee performance could also enable the emergence of political propositions that are anti-racist, anti-homo and transphobic and attentive to the particular challenges of migrant experiences at the nexus of political and administrative subjection, ethno-racial, gendered and sexualised violence.

Keywords:   Refugee performance, Hospitality, Solidarity

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