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#455 “Women always claim the same”. The gendered and racialized credibility assessment on Spanish asylum procedure


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First name Diana Middle name Last name Garcés Amaya
Title Mss Organization / Institution University of Granada Department n/a
Address Calle Torre del Homenaje Nº2 Postal / Zip code 18220 Country ES
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Abstract

Abstract title

“Women always claim the same”. The gendered and racialized credibility assessment on Spanish asylum procedure

Abstract text

This paper aims to contribute to the study on how gender and race are embedded in the admission/expulsion procedures of asylum seekers in the multicultural societies of the global North. I analyze the Spanish National High Court judgements responding to asylum claims based on gender grounds, focusing on the argumentative frameworks of how stories are described, interpreted, and judged, as well as how asylum seekers, their behavior and decisions are labeled, and the type of protection the authorities granted. Through this, it was possible to identify how racialized representations of gender, stereotypes, and orientalist frameworks are mobilized to argue for negative decisions and how they play a role in the deployment of the politics of suspicion (Hass and Shuman, 2019) and the culture of disbelief (Jubany, 2017). The contradictory representation by the authorities in which applicants are presented as victims as well as suspects accounts for the "pathological visibility" (Phoenix, 1997) to which the asylum systems expose women from the global South. This representation is placed in the center of asylum procedures in order to, on the one hand, produce subalternity and places of non-belonging, and on the other, build credibility in the assessment of applications.

Conference topic

Panel no. 93 - European Makings of "Good" and "Bad" Refugees: Contestations of the Right to Have Rights

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-07 12:03h by An Van Raemdonck

Reviewer decision

Accepted