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The exclusion of (failed) asylum seekers from housing and home: towards an oppositional discourse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20827845     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
"Housing" - the practical provision of a roof over one's head - is experienced by users as "home" - broadly described as housing plus the experiential elements of dwelling. Conversely, being without housing, commonly described as "homelessness", is experienced not only as an absence of shelter but in the philosophical sense of "ontological homelessness" and alienation from the conditions for well-being. For asylum seekers, these experiences are deliberately and explicitly excluded from official law and policy discourses. This article demonstrates how law and policy is propelled by an "official discourse" based on the denial of housing and the avoidance of "home" attachments, which effectively keeps the asylum seeker in a state of ontological homelessness and alienation. We reflect on this exclusion and consider how a new "oppositional discourse" of housing and home - taking these considerations into account - might impact on the balancing exercise inherent to laws and policies concerning asylum seekers.
Lorna Fox O'Mahony; James A Sweeney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of law and society     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0263-323X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Law Soc     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-20     Completed Date:  2010-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100968794     Medline TA:  J Law Soc     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  285-314     Citation Subset:  Q    
Durham Law School, England.
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MeSH Terms
Government Regulation / history
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Homeless Persons* / education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Housing* / economics,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence
Human Rights / economics,  education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Public Health / economics,  education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence
Public Opinion / history
Public Policy* / economics,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence
Refugees* / education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Social Alienation* / psychology
Social Welfare / economics,  ethnology,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology

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