publication . Article . 2013

Moral Urbanism, Asylum, and the Politics of Critique

Jonathan Darling;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013 Journal: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, volume 45, pages 1,785-1,801 (issn: 0308-518X, eissn: 1472-3409, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
The city of Sheffield was the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’, an identification which suggested that the city would act to welcome asylum seekers and refugees through promoting a ‘culture of hospitality’. In this paper I seek to interrogate such claims and explore how the promotion of a language of hospitality marks a form of ‘moral urbanism’ through which the city is linked to specific values and obligations that enable the governmental ordering of responses to asylum. In exploring public statements, media discussions, and interview accounts of asylum in the city, I argue that a normative account of how to live with asylum is articulated, one which establishes ...
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free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Sociology, Normative, Law, Narrative, Refugee, Politics, The Imaginary, Media studies, Morality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Hospitality, business.industry, business, Urbanism
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