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Not Drowning, Waving: Images, History, and the Representation of Asylum Seekers

Manderson, Desmond


Since Jeremy Bentham 200 years ago, the concept of law in the developed world has been dominated by a thoroughgoing consequentialism. The  purpose of the law, according to Bentham and all those who follow in his footsteps, can be summed up in a single word: utility. Law is thought of not as a symbolic or normative structure so much as a  system that causes changes in behaviour by instilling pain or pleasure. This consequentialist logic is based on the assumption that we know, by and large, what...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter
Source: Unintended consequences - the impact of migration law and policy
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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