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Uchodźstwo jako immanentna pułapka. Perspektywa egzystencjalna
Refugeeism as an Immanent Trap. The Existential Perspective

Author(s): Michał Bomastyk
Subject(s): Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Existentialism
Published by: Ośrodek Badawczy Facta Ficta
Keywords: refugeeism;refugees;integration;immanence;transcendence;otherness;strangeness;enmity;exclusion
Summary/Abstract: The aim of this chapter is to present a phenomenon of refugeeism in the existential perspective, i.e. with the use of the terms described by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The thesis of the article is that the process of integration, considered as one-dimensional, leads to an institutional exclusion of refugees arriving to Western-European countries and deprives them of a freedom to form their own subjectivity due to the practices of isolating foreigners from the autochthons. The consequence of this is that refugees are defined as enemies who, thereby, suffer from a dehumanisation. Consequently, they cannot transcend—create themselves as being-for-itself. The social and institutional exclusion of foreigners is also claimed here to be stabilised by nationalist attitudes noticeable amongst inhabitants of host societies Therefore, the chapter presents solutions which can provide refugees with possibilities for constructing their own being-in-the-world in a free and responsible manner.

  • Page Range: 49-64
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish