Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)


This concluding chapter highlights the transformative potential of moving beyond an image of social structure as meaning system, and moving towards an image of social structure as body. Such a perspective enables openings that can be illustrated through the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated areas of research: Queer studies and research into the discourses of asylum, such as those accompanying the Syrian diaspora. The approach offered in this book benefits asylum research because it enables a view of the body of the sovereign nation entering into relationships with human bodies and selves, and being transformed in the process. Queer studies would equally benefit from this new understanding of social and human embodiment, because it encourages an understanding of the Queer body as transformative, rather than marginal.


Social World Asylum Seeker Syrian Refugee Social Body Queer Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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