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Chapter 10 - Political Predicaments of Exile

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 December 2018

Bashir Abu-Manneh
Affiliation:
University of Kent
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This chapter draws on intertwined insights of Edward Said and Sigmund Freud on collective identity and outsiders to challenge the citizen/sovereign dyad at the heart of modern Western political theory. It considers what citizenship looks like from the standpoint of the stranger or alien or exile, highlighting the ominous repercussions of encapsulated popular sovereign bodies for those driven by political persecution, ecological disaster, or economic desperation to the borders of foreign nation-states. In aid of enhancing the chances that nation-states will welcome exiles to add their imprint to the native cultural mix, it exposes hidden connections between clashing nativist and exilic longings. Finally, it suggests deflecting the great wave of Western xenophobia by ameliorating native economic insecurity, for the sake of citizens and strangers alike
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After Said
Postcolonial Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century
, pp. 162 - 178
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2018

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