Graduation Year

2017

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-11-2017

Major Department or Program

Politics

Advisor(s)

Arash Davari

Abstract

With 11 million Syrians forcibly evicted from their homes, the image of brown bodies begging for entrance into other countries is ubiquitous. At the same time, the racial bodies of Syrian refugees are assigned specific meanings: terrorist, national security threat, barbarian, antithetical to the West. This discursive construction is visible at the level of state formation; the conversations around the United States Security Against Foreign Enemies Act worked to further amplify security measures brought to bear against these “potential terrorists.” The racialized stateless person represents a site at which the United States, as a racial state, operates in a specific way. My presentation explores how understanding the racial logic of statelessness informs our conceptualization of the racial state. The question of racialized statelessness provides a unique lens for addressing how racial states constitute themselves in relation to those outside a system of states.

Page Count

41

Subject Headings

Refugees -- Government policy, Terrorism -- United States, Stateless persons, Statelessness -- Policies, Race relations -- Politics and government, Whitman College 2017 -- Dissertation collection -- Politics Department

Document Type

Public Accessible Thesis

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