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The Commercialisation of Linguistic Expertise in the Asylum Vetting Process

Al-wer, Enam and Fanis, Maria (2019) 'The Commercialisation of Linguistic Expertise in the Asylum Vetting Process.' In: Thurlow, Crispin, (ed.) The Business of Words Wordsmiths, Linguists, and Other Language Workers. Routledge. ISBN 9781138485266

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Abstract

This chapter examines the effects of commercialisation on the process of asylum vetting. With a focus on a specific asylum appeals case in the United Kingdom, the chapter illustrates how the privatisation of the linguistic forensic services in this process has a negative effect on the use of language for the determination of the asylum seekers’ place of origin. Using the epistemic communities as a theoretical framework, we argue that the commercialisation of the expert knowledge of the linguists involved in asylum vetting has detrimental consequences on the use of expert knowledge for the public good.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: English language
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 20:06
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25739

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