Beyond the wire : Levinas vis-à-vis Villawood : a study of Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy as an ethical foundation for asylum seeker policy

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dc.contributor.author Wainer, Devorah
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-03T21:45:20Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T03:53:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-03T21:45:20Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T03:53:21Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/1207
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/20325
dc.description University of Technology, Sydney. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
dc.description.abstract ‘Beyond the Wire’ accounts for the seeker of asylum who unwittingly becomes entangled in the Australian detention regime. This thesis provides a lens through personal visits to Villawood Detention Centre—1999–2004—for studying the interpersonal and intrapersonal experiences behind the wire. Midrashim developed through a framework of Emmanuel Levinas’s philosophy reveal dialogic relationships in the visitors yard of surveillance. When interpreted through the multiple layers of the researcher–author’s Midrashim, boundaries are collapsed, disclosing spaces and lacunae. People detained are not victims in these relationships, and power dynamics shift between the free and the locked up. The Midrash Social Research Methodology extends the boundaries of qualitative research methods, offering a new pathway for knowledge creation, which in this thesis is the in-between. During the decade 1999–2009 the Australian Government’s response to people seeking asylum reflected an uncoupling of the letter of the law from the spirit of the law. This thesis argues for a paradigm encompassing ethics more than politics and law with which to conceive and receive the 21st-century refugee. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Lévinas, Emmanuel. en
dc.subject Asylum seekers. en
dc.subject Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. en
dc.subject Human rights. en
dc.subject Midrash. en
dc.title Beyond the wire : Levinas vis-à-vis Villawood : a study of Emmanuel Levinas's philosophy as an ethical foundation for asylum seeker policy en
dc.type Thesis (PhD) en


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