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Language analysis in the United Kingdom's refugee status determination system: seeing through policy claims about ‘expert knowledge’

Campbell, John (2013) 'Language analysis in the United Kingdom's refugee status determination system: seeing through policy claims about ‘expert knowledge’.' Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36 (4). pp. 670-690.

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Abstract

This paper examines claims made about the role of 'expert knowledge' in analysing the language of individuals seeking asylum in the UK. I treat policy as a type of power and seek to understand how this policy uses the language of science to further the British governments stated interest to provide 'secure borders' and a 'safe heaven' for refugees. I look at how the Home Office defines, shapes and implements the policy and at how the policy has influenced judicial decisions. In short, I unmask UKBA's claim that it relies upon expert, scientific knowledge to assess asylum claims.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
K Law > KD United Kingdom and Ireland
ISSN: 01419870
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/01419870.2011.634506
Depositing User: John Campbell
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2012 13:54
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/13504

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