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


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: School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics & International Relations
School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
School of Social Sciences & Humanities > 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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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-08-01
Published Online Date: 2017-05-11
Accepted Date: 2016-10-20
Authors: Beattie, Amanda Russell (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5952-2554)



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