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Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804771542

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804771542.001.0001

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Negotiating (with) Strangers

Negotiating (with) Strangers

(p.1) Negotiating (with) Strangers
Law and the Stranger

Austin Sarat

Lawrence Douglas

Martha Merrill Umphrey

Stanford University Press

This book examines the ambiguous place occupied by strangers in communities not their own and how law, particularly liberal legal regimes, identifies and responds to strangers within and across their borders. It analyzes sites of encounter and estrangement within and across the borders of nation-states as well as the place of “strangers” in the delicately ambiguous space in which legal recognition and the rendering of hospitality is negotiated. The book also explores how liberal states have conferred, and should confer, recognition on those who knock on the door and ask for entry, along with the complications that arise when those perceived as strangers are inside the polity rather than outside supplicants. It argues that by extending hospitality and bestowing recognition to strangers according to conditions created by law, strangers are made through law and not born through accidents of geography. Finally, the book considers how the legal recognition of a stranger constitutes both stranger and self.

Keywords:   strangers, law, borders, geography, nation-states, hospitality, legal recognition, self, liberal states, communities

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