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Gendered Asylum: Race and Violence in U.S. Law and Politics

Sara L. McKinnon


Women filing gender-based asylum claims have long faced skepticism and outright rejection within the U.S. immigration system. Despite erratic progress, the United States still fails to recognize gender as an established category for experiencing persecution. Gender exists in a sort of limbo segregated from other aspects of identity and experience. This book exposes racialized rhetorics of violence in politics and charts the development of gender as a category in U.S. asylum law. Starting with the late 1980s, when gender-based requests first emerged in case law, the book analyzes gender- and se ... More

Keywords: gender-based asylum, women, U.S. immigration system, persecution, U.S. asylum law, transgender asylum, racialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040450
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara L. McKinnon, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison