Who Is Worthy of Protection?: Gender-Based Asylum and U.S. Immigration Politics by Meghana NayakWho Is Worthy of Protection?: Gender-Based Asylum and U.S. Immigration Politics by Meghana Nayak

Who Is Worthy of Protection?: Gender-Based Asylum and U.S. Immigration Politics

byMeghana Nayak

Hardcover | September 30, 2015

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A surprisingly understudied topic in international relations is gender-based asylum. Gender-based asylum offers protection from deportation for migrants who have suffered gender violence and persecution in their home countries. Countries are increasingly acknowledging that even thoughinternational refugee law does not include "gender" as a category of persecution, gender violence can threaten people's lives and requires attention. But Meghana Nayak argues that it matters not just that but how we respond to gender violence and persecution. Asylum advocates and the US government have created "frames," or ideas about how to understand different types of gender violence and who counts as victims. These frames are useful in increasing gender-based asylum grants. But the United States is negotiating the tension between the protection andthe restriction of non-citizens, claiming to offer safe haven to persecuted people at the same time that it aims to control borders. Thus, the frames construct which migrants are "worthy" of protection. The effects of the asylum frames are two-fold. First, they leave out or distort the stories andexperiences of asylum seekers who do not fit preconceived narratives of "good" victims. Second, the frames reflect but also serve as an entry point to deepen, strengthen, and shape the US position of power relative to other countries, international organizations, and immigrant communities. Who IsWorthy of Protection? explores the politics of gender-based asylum through a comparative examination of US asylum policy and cases regarding domestic violence, female circumcision, rape, trafficking, coercive sterilization and abortion, and persecution based on sexual and gender identity.
Meghana Nayak is Associate Professor of Political Science at Pace University.
Title:Who Is Worthy of Protection?: Gender-Based Asylum and U.S. Immigration PoliticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.42 × 0.98 inPublished:September 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Understanding the Tension between the Protection and Restriction of Non-Citizens3. The Autonomous Worthy Victim Frame: Comparing Female Genital Cutting and Domestic Violence4. The Innocent Worthy Victim Frame: Comparing Trafficking and Coercive Sterilization/Abortion5. The Always Deviant LGBTQ Asylum Seekers6. Feminist Possibilities of Scholarship and Advocacy7. ConclusionsNotesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful and well-researched analysis of the conditional rights of migrant women that shows how asylum depends on framing and constructions of gender. The book notably pushes feminist IR in a more grounded, constructive direction." --Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance, University of California, Santa Barbara