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Mistranslating Vulnerability: A defence for hearing

Urquiza-Haas, Nayeli (2017) Mistranslating Vulnerability: A defence for hearing. Tilburg Law Review, 22 (1-2). pp. 5-30. ISSN 2211-0046. E-ISSN 2211-2596. (doi:10.1163/22112596-02201002) (KAR id:63259)

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Immigration case-workers in the UK hear endless stories about flight and persecution by people claiming asylum. However, asylum claims are fragile due to the logocentric foreclosures to the

suggests refugee status determination processes side-line the sound of vulnerability by falsely interpreting testimonies that appear to be incomprehensible as untrue or as exceptional

logic in law. Instead of accepting the voices of asylum-seekers as aphonic, this article heeds the call to hear the acoustic uniqueness of testimonies, drawing on Adriana Cavarero’s vocal


Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/22112596-02201002
Uncontrolled keywords: vulnerability; asylum testimonies; Cavarero; logocentrism; vocal philosophy
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 10:11 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 07:26 UTC
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