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Subjects of the Sovereignty Impulse

Tidå, Benjamin LU (2015) STVM25 20151
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis explores the state of refugeehood in the political order of the nation-state system through a case study study of the Tamil refugee population in Tamil Nadu, India. How, and in what ways, does refugeehood affect peoples’ lives as political subjects? And what is the role of the refugee figure in the political order of the nation-state system?

The research questions are explored through a theoretical framework based on the concepts of: Citizenship (or the lack thereof); the Sovereignty impulse; State-thinking; the State/Space of Exception, Bare Life; Political Action; the Space of Appearance.

Through an abductive reading of the material, the theoretical framework will be used to analyze the empirical material.... (More)
This thesis explores the state of refugeehood in the political order of the nation-state system through a case study study of the Tamil refugee population in Tamil Nadu, India. How, and in what ways, does refugeehood affect peoples’ lives as political subjects? And what is the role of the refugee figure in the political order of the nation-state system?

The research questions are explored through a theoretical framework based on the concepts of: Citizenship (or the lack thereof); the Sovereignty impulse; State-thinking; the State/Space of Exception, Bare Life; Political Action; the Space of Appearance.

Through an abductive reading of the material, the theoretical framework will be used to analyze the empirical material. Simultaneously the empirical material will be used to analyze the theoretical framework.

I will argue that the refugee is subject to sovereignty impulses. Through these sovereignty impulses the refugee figure is constructed as lacking citizenship. Furthermore refugeehood manifest itself differently depending on spatial conditions. Refugees in the camps are subject to control and surveillance, but can come together in a community as political actors. Non-camp refugees avoid control and surveillance, but have no access to a community in which to act politically. (Less)
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author
Tidå, Benjamin LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM25 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Sovereignty impulse, State-thinking, State of Exception, Bare Life, Political Action, Space of Appearance, Abduction, Field Research, Refugee Camp, Tamil, India, Sri Lanka, Citizen, Refugee
language
English
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7759609
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2015-09-09 17:25:05
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  abstract     = {This thesis explores the state of refugeehood in the political order of the nation-state system through a case study study of the Tamil refugee population in Tamil Nadu, India. How, and in what ways, does refugeehood affect peoples’ lives as political subjects? And what is the role of the refugee figure in the political order of the nation-state system?

The research questions are explored through a theoretical framework based on the concepts of: Citizenship (or the lack thereof); the Sovereignty impulse; State-thinking; the State/Space of Exception, Bare Life; Political Action; the Space of Appearance. 

Through an abductive reading of the material, the theoretical framework will be used to analyze the empirical material. Simultaneously the empirical material will be used to analyze the theoretical framework.

I will argue that the refugee is subject to sovereignty impulses. Through these sovereignty impulses the refugee figure is constructed as lacking citizenship. Furthermore refugeehood manifest itself differently depending on spatial conditions. Refugees in the camps are subject to control and surveillance, but can come together in a community as political actors. Non-camp refugees avoid control and surveillance, but have no access to a community in which to act politically.},
  author       = {Tidå, Benjamin},
  keyword      = {Sovereignty impulse,State-thinking,State of Exception,Bare Life,Political Action,Space of Appearance,Abduction,Field Research,Refugee Camp,Tamil,India,Sri Lanka,Citizen,Refugee},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Subjects of the Sovereignty Impulse},
  year         = {2015},
}