The politics of compassion

Immigration and asylum policy

By Ala Sirriyeh

  • Published:

    13 Jun 2018
  • Page count:

    192 pages
  • ISBN:

    978-1447330608
  • Product Dimensions:

    156 x 234 mm
  • Series:

    Global migration and social change
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Whether addressing questions of loss, (be)longing, fears of an immigration ‘invasion’ or perceived injustices in immigration policies, immigration debates are infused with strong emotions.
Emotion is often presented as a factor that complicates and hinders rational discussion. This book explores how emotion is, in fact, central to understanding how and why we have the immigration policies we do, and what kinds of policies may be beneficial for various groups of people in society.
The author looks beyond the ‘negative’ emotions of fear and hostility to examine on the politics of compassion and empathy. Using case studies from Australia, Europe and the US the book offers a new and original analysis of immigration policy and immigration debates.
Ala Sirriyeh is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool. She works in migration and refugee studies, with a focus on the experiences of children and young people. She wrote Inhabiting Borders, Routes Home (Routledge, 2013) based on her PhD research. From 2017-2018 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a research project titled Undocumented Young Immigrants, Political Activism and Citizenship in the USA.
A crisis of compassion;
The emotional politics of immigration and asylum;
Colonial and immigration histories;
The intolerable death of Alan Kurdi;
Victims, villains and saviours;
Outrage, responsibility and accountability;
Withholding compassion;
Solidarity: the undocumented youth movement;
Conclusion.

“This lucid, useful book throws new light on how we think about migration. It deftly links theory and evidence to explain the ‘compassionate refusal’ used to justify exclusionary migration policies.” Hannah Jones, University of Warwick

About the book

Whether addressing questions of loss, (be)longing, fears of an immigration ‘invasion’ or perceived injustices in immigration policies, immigration debates are infused with strong emotions.
Emotion is often presented as a factor that complicates and hinders rational discussion. This book explores how emotion is, in fact, central to understanding how and why we have the immigration policies we do, and what kinds of policies may be beneficial for various groups of people in society.
The author looks beyond the ‘negative’ emotions of fear and hostility to examine on the politics of compassion and empathy. Using case studies from Australia, Europe and the US the book offers a new and original analysis of immigration policy and immigration debates.

Content

A crisis of compassion;
The emotional politics of immigration and asylum;
Colonial and immigration histories;
The intolerable death of Alan Kurdi;
Victims, villains and saviours;
Outrage, responsibility and accountability;
Withholding compassion;
Solidarity: the undocumented youth movement;
Conclusion.
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