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The Politics of CompassionImmigration and Asylum Policy$
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Ala Sirriyeh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200423

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200423.001.0001

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A Crisis of Compassion

A Crisis of Compassion

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The Politics of Compassion

Ala Sirriyeh

Policy Press

This book examines the role of compassion and its relationship to other emotions in asylum and immigration policy discourses in Australia, the UK and the United States. Focusing on the case of undocumented immigrants and refugees, it analyses the politics of compassion in immigration and asylum policy within the broader landscape of the rise of political cultural scripts such as ‘humanitarian reason’, ‘liberal terror’ and ‘compassionate conservativism’ in contemporary politics. This chapter presents an outline of the book's argument, first by considering the media and public hostility towards certain populations of migrants and refugees and then how compassion works as the workings of compassion as a basic social emotion. It then discusses the policy case studies that illustrate the role of a discourse of compassion within recent immigration and asylum policy debates in Australia, the UK and the United States. It also provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   compassion, emotions, immigration policy, undocumented immigrants, refugees, politics of compassion, asylum policy, liberal terror, compassionate conservativism, hostility

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