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Degrees BA: BA Politics
MSc Human Rights
PhD Research Information
Brief description:This dissertation is a textual examination of how asylum seekers in the United States construct credibility in their claims both legally and discursively, how constructing credibility changes depending on the nature of the claimant’s identity and circumstances, and how these processes have evolved over time. I analyze the narratives constructed by asylum seekers with their legal representatives to locate a "logic of credibility."
Methodology:Asylum claims were collected from US-based legal service providers. A stratified random sample was taken based on the following emergent categories which are currently being analyzed. Interviews with legal representatives will be collected at a later date. - Political Opposition: Being a member of an opposition political party, or engaging in other political opposition especially by being a member of a labor union. - Sexual and gender-based violence: Including domestic violence, rape, female genital cutting, and forced marriage. - Fleeing armed conflict – non-combatants: Those who did not take sides during, generally, civil war, but are unable to return. Frequent mention of surviving attempts at genocide/ethnic cleansing. - Fleeing armed conflict –combatants: Guerrillas who fought against the state during uprisings, typically in Guatemala and El Salvador. - LGBT violence: Persecution or fear of persecution on account of sexuality or gender identity.
Keywords: Asylum application, asylum, asylum law, Immigration, immigration law, Narrative, Stories, united states
Language(s) of writing: English
Jurisprudence & Social Policy