Gift of Freedom War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages

ISBN-10: 0822352397
ISBN-13: 9780822352396
Edition: 2012
Authors: Mimi Thi Nguyen
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

InThe Gift of Freedom, Mimi Thi Nguyen develops a new understanding of contemporary United States empire and its self-interested claims to provide for others the advantage of human freedom. Bringing together critiques of liberalism with postcolonial approaches to the modern cartography of progress, Nguyen proposes the gift of freedom as the name for those forces that avow to reverence aliveness and beauty, and to govern an enlightened humanity, while producing new subjects and actions—such as a grateful refugee, or enduring war—in an age of liberal empire. From the Cold War to the global war on terror, liberal empire simultaneously promises the gift of freedom through war and violence, and administers the debt that follows. Focusing here on the figure of the Vietnamese refugee as the twice-over target of the gift of freedom—first through war, second through refuge—Nguyen suggests that the imposition of debt precludes the subject of freedom from escaping those colonial histories that deemed her "unfree." To receive the gift of freedom then is to be indebted to empire, perhaps without end.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction. The Empire of Freedom
The Refugee Condition
Grace, the Gift of the Girl in the Photograph
Race Wars, Patriot Acts
Epilogue. Refugee Returns
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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