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Type: Theses
Title: Honneth’s theory of recognition: a more hospitable asylum seeker policy
Author: Relf-Christopher, Paul Matthew
Issue Date: 2017
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences
Abstract: Given the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, the realities of asylum seeker policy outcomes are in the media almost every day, as is debate about what works and what does not. Policy directions in this space can have profound effects on those seeking help from the state. This thesis critiques contemporary asylum seeker policy using Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition as a basis for analysis. Honneth’s theory challenges the contemporary securitisation of asylum seeker policy and suggests that justice based approaches alone are not sufficient in this space. Using Honneth’s theory, the thesis imagines asylum seeker policy positions that are more hospitable, generous and caring compared to the status quo, without discounting the need for appropriate security for citizens. As Honneth and his concept of recognition sit within the school of critical theory, the thesis incorporates a Gesellschaftskritik methodology, an approach that identifies societal behaviours that are damaging or morally questionable and offers alternatives that, it is hoped, will improve society. The critique focuses on three case studies of contemporary asylum seeker policy: the United States of America, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. These case studies were chosen because their asylum seeker policies show traits consistent with securitisation. Moreover, all three countries have the political stability, infrastructure and wealth to be more hospitable if the political will existed.
Advisor: Hill, Lisa Ellen
Torresi, Tiziana
Dissertation Note: Thesis (M.Phil.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Social Sciences, 2017.
Keywords: Honneth
Provenance: This electronic version is made publicly available by the University of Adelaide in accordance with its open access policy for student theses. Copyright in this thesis remains with the author. This thesis may incorporate third party material which has been used by the author pursuant to Fair Dealing exceptions. If you are the owner of any included third party copyright material you wish to be removed from this electronic version, please complete the take down form located at:
DOI: 10.4225/55/592621e450cd7
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