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Sanctuary, Sovereignty, Sacrifice

Canadian Sanctuary Incidents, Power, and Law

Drawing on theories of governmentality, Lippert traces the emergence of sanctuary practice to a shift in responsibility for refugees and immigrants from the state to churches and communities. Here sanctuary practices and spaces are shaped by a form of pastoral power that targets needs and operates through sacrifice, and by a sovereign power that is exceptional, territorial, and spectacular. Correspondingly, law plays a complex role in sanctuary, appearing variously as a form of oppression, a game, and a source of majestic authority that overshadows the state. A thorough and original account of contemporary sanctuary practice, this book tackles theoretical and methodological questions in governmentality and socio-legal studies.

266 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

Tables

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction

2 Features of Canadian Sanctuary Incidents, 1983-2003

3 Advanced-Liberal Refugee Determination and Resettlement

4 Sanctuary as Sovereign Power

5 Sanctuary as Pastoral Power

6 Sanctuary and Law

7 Conclusion

Postscript

Appendix

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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