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Title: The rights of unaccompanied asylum seeking children claiming in the UK : transnational inequality and methodological cosmopolitanism
Author: Reeve , P. V.
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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The purpose of this research is to examine the lived experience of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) to identify if and how their national and transnational (human)rights and entitlements are actualised. Through an application of the concepts within the civic stratification model the thesis will seek to analyse the position of UASC with respect to the basic obligations that are owed by the state. Until their asylum claim is resolved UASC occupy indeterminate status positions and enter into transitional phases which offer only partial membership and fall short of the provision of some basic rights. It can be a number of years before they receive their status or are removed from the national space as failed asylum seekers. This research study will illustrate that whilst the national space is open to asylum applications and party to (human)rights commitments in reality the process remains tied to the national outlook. This will serve as the rationale for analysis of the lived experiences of UASC through the lens of methodological cosmopolitanism. This will present UASC as an example of what Ulrich Beck (2006) terms the cosmopolitanization of the nation-state. The analysis will use empirical material to theorise the interactions between UASC and state actors which create structuring points of transnational inequalities, the latter being triggered by conflicting actor perspectives. The temporal and spatial dimensions of the lives of UASC will be explored to conclude that transnationalised inequalities that exist inside the transnational space are rooted in the practices of the nation-state. Yet, the latter do not take responsibility for these inequalities but instead distance themselves from them. UASC will be examined as part of a transnational flight society, a group that exhibits fluidity in their existence, but which as autonomous rights holders are changing the structure of the national space from within.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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