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Authors: Martin Cloonan (The York Management School)
Published in: 1997
Length: 11 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

This case study describes the dilemma of an Immigration Officer at Heathrow faced with an unusual application for entry to the United Kingdom. The central issue raised is about decision-making in a multi-cultural context and requires students to think carefully about the way in which the law should be applied where different meanings are attached to the same phenomenon, in this instance "the family". This case study could be used as an excellent "ice-breaker" in a first tutorial or seminar at an introductory level in Politics or, indeed, any of the social sciences. But it could equally well be used as an introduction to more advanced courses, and would serve to flag a wider range of issues for more detailed analysis. If carefully read and thought about, the case would provide suitable material for a single two-hour seminar.

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Abstract

This case study describes the dilemma of an Immigration Officer at Heathrow faced with an unusual application for entry to the United Kingdom. The central issue raised is about decision-making in a multi-cultural context and requires students to think carefully about the way in which the law should be applied where different meanings are attached to the same phenomenon, in this instance "the family". This case study could be used as an excellent "ice-breaker" in a first tutorial or seminar at an introductory level in Politics or, indeed, any of the social sciences. But it could equally well be used as an introduction to more advanced courses, and would serve to flag a wider range of issues for more detailed analysis. If carefully read and thought about, the case would provide suitable material for a single two-hour seminar.

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