Composing Theories of Justice in an Unjust World: Using a Methodology of Interdisciplinary Iterative Analysis to Examine the UK Policy of Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers

Bloom, Tendayi, "Composing Theories of Justice in an Unjust World: Using a Methodology of Interdisciplinary Iterative Analysis to Examine the UK Policy of Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers" in Migration Across Boundaries : Linking Research to Practice and Experience ed. Nair, Parvati and Bloom, Tendayi (London: Ashgate, 2015), 49-68.

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  • Author Bloom, Tendayi
    Book Editor Nair, Parvati
    Bloom, Tendayi
    Chapter Title Composing Theories of Justice in an Unjust World: Using a Methodology of Interdisciplinary Iterative Analysis to Examine the UK Policy of Destitution of Refused Asylum Seekers
    Book Title Migration Across Boundaries : Linking Research to Practice and Experience
    Publication Date 2015
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher Ashgate
    Start page 49
    End page 68
    Language eng
    Abstract

    A theory of justice in migration that does not take into account the realities of the world as it currently is will struggle to provide answers to normative questions regarding how migration policy should be developed. As such, it can start to look like a purely intellectual exercise. That said, the process, for a political philosopher, of trying to adequately understand the various factors involved in producing a theory that can provide useful analyses on the world as it is will be difficult. This is particularly the case with migration. It requires difficult decision-making, with regard, for example, to which factors to take as given, and which to question and overturn. Indeed, the very existence of borders may need initially to be assumed in order to examine what happens when people cross them, even if the justice of the borders themselves needs also to be questioned. This chapter argues that, despite the difficulties, political philosophers play a crucial role in developing the justice discourse that can underlie policy making. This paper examines crucial methodological concerns that arise in the process of engaging, as a political philosopher, with developments in the ‘real world’.

    Keyword Migration
    Methodology
    Policy
    Copyright Holder The Editors
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781472440495
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