Storytelling as 'unorthodox' agency:negotiating the 2012 family immigration rules (United Kingdom)

Beattie, Amanda Russell (2017). Storytelling as 'unorthodox' agency:negotiating the 2012 family immigration rules (United Kingdom). Politics, 37 (3), pp. 302-316.


This article attends to the lived experience of binational families subject to the 2012 family immigration rules (FIR). It seeks to enrich the pre-existing discussions of family migration within the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, focusing on the ‘micro-political’ experiences of those whose lives have been adversely affected by their introduction. It draws on the life writings of binational families, suggesting that a micro-political focus reveals an ongoing neuropolitical experience that traditional accounts of moral agency are ill-equipped to negotiate. The article suggests an unorthodox interpretation of agency premised on storytelling, while probing the tensions that emerge when this lived experience is framed in such a manner. It concludes by positing a series of questions relating to the value of a neuropolitical labelling of the subject and suggests a need to further engage with traumatic interpretations of harm at the intersection of citizenship rights and mobility rights.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency,family migration,international relations,storytelling,Political Science and International Relations
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Published Date: 2017-08-01
Authors: Beattie, Amanda Russell ( 0000-0002-5952-2554)



Version: Accepted Version

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