from Homo sacer / the refugee

Agamben, p.78

The concept of the refugee, (and the figure of life that this concept represents) must be resolutely separated from the concept of the rights of man, and we must seriously consider Arend’s claim that the fates of human rights and the nation-state are bound together such that the decline and crisis of the one necessarily implies the end of the other. The refugee must be considered for what he is: nothing less than a limit concept that radically calls into question the fundamental categories of the nation-state, from the birth-nation to the man-citizen link, and that thereby makes it possible to clear the way for a long-overdue renewal of categories in the service of a politics in which bare life is no longer separated and excepted, either in the state order or in the figure of human rights.



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