Stranger in a Strange Land: The Alien and the State

Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law (2018)

14 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2018 Last revised: 8 Jan 2019

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Christoph Bezemek

University of Graz, Faculty of Law, Institute of Public Law and Political Science

Date Written: December 17, 2018

Abstract

The relationship of the stranger and the political community has traditionally been at the very core of various theoretical, historical and mythical accounts; in defining membership, in answering who is to be included, accepted and (thus) protected, in safeguarding a group’s position and its coherence. The essay argues that many of these accounts still prove to be of great value in a legal and political perspective: None of the questions raised today when it comes to the phenomenon of migration and inclusion are particulary new; rather they have been addressed frequently in sociology and political philosophy over the last centuries. We would be well-advised to rely on a broader perspective, on the teachings of history, and the insights of political philosophy when facing the intellectual and political challenges of our time.

Suggested Citation

Bezemek, Christoph, Stranger in a Strange Land: The Alien and the State (December 17, 2018). Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3302509 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3302509

Christoph Bezemek (Contact Author)

University of Graz, Faculty of Law, Institute of Public Law and Political Science ( email )

Universitaetsstrasse 15 / FE
A-8010 Graz, 8010
Austria

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