No Country for Migrants? Critical Perspectives on Asylum, Immigration, and Integration in Germany


No Country for Migrants? Critical Perspectives on Asylum, Immigration, and Integration in Germany aims to critically contribute to ongoing debates about immigration, integration, and xenophobia in Germany. Set against the backdrop of Germany’s controversial political decision to open its borders to refugees in 2015, the book realigns this watershed with the broader historical narratives of migration to explain its exceptionality both as an event and transformative force on the migration/integration discourse. The book further uses critical theories to make sense of the shifting socio-political coordinates of Germany. It addresses the history of Germany’s migration policies, its soft and hard power in migration control, language and societal integration, immigration and the revival of right-wing extremism, as well as religion and immigration.

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Wilfried Zoungrana holds a Ph.D. (2016, University of Erfurt), published as Method as Theory: Lakatos, Methodology, and Interpretive International Relations and Knowledge at War: Epistemology and Terrorism in IR Theory (wvb, 2017). He further published on international law, and culture.


1The 2015 German Refugee Crisis as an Event
  1From Political to Metaphysical: Multiple Conceptualizations of the Event
  2Syria: The Supernumerary of an Evental Site
  3Undecidability and the Edge of the Void
  4Interventional Gestures
  5Transcendental Arrangements

2An Abbreviated History of Germany’s Migration Discourses and Policies
  1Historiographical Omissions and Sociological Exclusions
  2Bismarck, Leutenot, and the Early Securitization of Migration
  3Weber and the Empowerment of Nationalistic Audiences
  4Of C2, 3P, and Muddling through: Regulating Securitized Migration

3Soft and Hard: Power, Asylum, and Germany
  1Soft Power Meets Asylum
  2The ‘Objective’ Soft Power of a Reluctant Hegemon
  3The Duality of Soft Power on Asylum
  4Hard and Economic Power in Migration Control

4On Language, Integration, and Pedagogy
  1Language, Structuralist Linguistics, and Integration
  2The Language Testing Regime and its Discontent
  3Challenges in Acquiring German as a Second Language, and Integration
  4Toward Radical Perspectives on the Pedagogy of Integration

5Civilization-Culture-Character: t he Plateaus of the ‘Clash Rhizome’
  1Civilization in the Clash Rhizome
  2The German Reception of the Clash of Civilizations
  3Culture in the Clash Rhizome
  4Character between Affects and Late Modernity and Capitalism

6The “Deep Story” of the Elder Son
  1The Prodigal Son in the Biblical Narrative
  2The Younger Son’s Revolutionary Wager
  3The Father and the Cost of Humanitarian Largesse
  4Exit, Voice, Loyalty, and the ‘Anger and Mourning’ of the Elder Son

7'Muslim Girls' and 'Muslim Men’: Cursory Notes on Entangled Subalternities
  1 ‘Muslim Women’ and Epistemic Violence
  2Migration and (Post) Colonial Path Dependency
  3 ‘Muslim Men’ and a Critique of Patriarchal Reason

The book addresses readers interested in migration studies and critical philosophy, linguistics and societal integration, immigration and religion, the sociology of populism, and hard and soft power in migration control.