Democratic Hospitalities: national borders and the impossibility of the other for democracy

independent publisher: general editor Dr Warwick Mules
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Transformations, 2008, 16 (1), pp. 1 - 12
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This paper is concerned with the relationship between democracy and hospitality. In public discourse and political debates, democracy is often conceptually invoked in order to confirm the juridical, political or moral validity of a position or mode of action. [1] In relation specifically to understandings of hospitality at a national level toward strangersrefugee or otherwisedemocracy is situated as both a right and a responsibility in the dominant liberal framework. [2] As will be made clear in this paper, the Howard Liberal Coalition government (1996 - 2007) aligned liberal democracy with the right to exclude those persons deemed to be illegal from the body of the nation-state, and to determine the conditions of entry into the nation-state via managed systems of immigration.
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