Yorgun, Siobhan L. 2020. ‘“Other” Women in Flight: Sexual Minority and Polygynous Refugee Women’. Doctor of Philosophy, Vancouver: University of British Columbia.
- Category: Literature
- Source: Academic
- Subject: Belonging,Trans woman,Asylum/Refugee,Discrimination,Documentation status,Gay,Homosexuality,Law/Legistation,Lesbian,Marginalisation,Queer,Resettlement,Transgender,Transphobia,Violence
- Place: Burundi,Cameroon,Ethiopia,Malawi,Somalia,South Africa,Uganda,Zambia,Zimbabwe
- Year: 2020
- File: 1.0394731
Refugee law studies tend to focus on the asylum cases determined by Western host states. Yet the majority of refugees seek refuge in the Global South. This dissertation unmasks this bias in the way refugee law is studied and illustrates the impact of this bias in creating a distorted knowledge of refugee law. This distortion has particular consequences for some of the most vulnerable and least mobile refugees in host countries of the Global South who are both underrepresented in the Western host state studies and who are distinctly disadvantaged by the ways of thinking such studies have produced. This dissertation is based on an analysis of interviews with refugee service providers and refugees in South Africa, with a focus on sexual minority and polygynous refugee women. I argue a holistic understanding of refugee law requires acknowledging the current bias and studying refugee law in a variety of host states.