Political Asylum Deceptions

The Culture of Suspicion

Authors: Bohmer, Carol, Shuman, Amy

  • Addresses the issue of asylum and truth from a new angle
  • Uses extensive case studies to further the reader's understanding
  • Employs an innovative theoretical framework
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This book explores the legitimacy of political asylum applications in the US and UK through an examination of the varieties of evidence, narratives, and documentation with which they are assessed.  Credibility is the central issue in determining the legitimacy of political asylum seekers, but the line between truth and lies is often elusive, partly because desperate people often have to use deception to escape persecution. 

The vetting process has become infused with a climate of suspicion that not only assesses the credibility of an applicant’s story and differentiates between the economic migrant and the person fleeing persecution, but also attempts to determine whether an applicant represents a future threat to the receiving country.  This innovative text approaches the problem of deception from several angles, including increased demand for evidence, uses of new technologies to examine applicants’ narratives, assessments of forged documents, attempts to differentiate between victims and persecutors, and ways that cultural misunderstandings can compromise the process.  Essential reading for researchers and students of Political Science, International Studies, Refugee and Migration Studies, Human Rights, Anthropology, Sociology, Law, Public Policy, and Narrative Studies.

About the authors

Carol Bohmer is a Visiting Scholar in the Government Department at Dartmouth College, and a Teaching Fellow at King’s College, London.  She has worked in the area of law and society, examining the way legal and social institutions interact. Her most recent book is Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century, (2007) with Amy Shuman.

Amy Shuman is Professor at the Ohio State University where she is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Teaching awards. She is a Guggenheim Fellow. Her publications include Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts Among Urban Adolescents, Other People’s Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy, and, with Carol Bohmer, Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Bohmer, Carol (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Telling the True Story

    Bohmer, Carol (et al.)

    Pages 15-37

  • Documentary Evidence

    Bohmer, Carol (et al.)

    Pages 39-57

  • Science and Technology as a Way of Determining Credibility

    Bohmer, Carol (et al.)

    Pages 59-80

  • New Forms of Evidence: Membership in a Particular Social Group

    Bohmer, Carol (et al.)

    Pages 81-96

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67404-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-67403-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Asylum Deceptions
Book Subtitle
The Culture of Suspicion
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-67404-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-67404-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-67403-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 202
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 illustrations in colour
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