Constructing a Productive Other

Discourse theory and the Convention refugee hearing

Robert F. Barsky | IGRC, Montreal, Canada
ISBN 9789027250414 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781556192975 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027282835 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
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This book is a description of the process of constructing a productive Other for the purpose of being admitted to Canada as a Convention refugee. The whole claiming procedure is analyzed with respect to two actual cases, and contextualized by reference to pertinent national and international jurisprudence. Since legal analysis is deemed insufficient for a complete understanding of the argumentative and discursive strategies involved in the claiming and “authoring” processes, the author makes constant reference to methodologies from the realm of literary studies, discourse analysis and interaction theory, with special emphasis upon the works of Marc Angenot, M.M. Bakhtin, Pierre Bourdieu, Erving Goffman, Jürgen Habermas and Teun van Dijk. In so doing, he illustrates a reductive movement that inevitably occurs in legal argumentation which results in the displacement the subject from the realm of “refugee claimant” to that of claimant as “diminished Other.”
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 29] 1994.  x, 272 pp.
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“The book improves our understanding both of the plight of refugee claimants and of the ways in which their fate is decided.”
“This book tackles the more substantive relationships between the written legal code and the discourse practices of participants in refugee hearings.”
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