Criminalizing Refugees: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Narratives on Forced Migration

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Criminalizing Refugees: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Narratives on Forced Migration

Type: Master thesis
Title: Criminalizing Refugees: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Narratives on Forced Migration
Author: Pope, Lauren E.
Issue Date: 2019-02-28
Keywords: discourse analysis
refugees
postcolonial
securitization
Australia
political speech
Tony Abbott
narrative
othering
culture
Abstract: ¬This paper examines political discourse in the scope of states’ responses to the global refugee situation around 2015 where the “inhumane treatment of people has become socially acceptable”. It examines both the blatant and covert ways in which discourse and rhetoric have been used by politicians as tools for maintaining power and order (particularly in the securitization of refugee issues) in the modern era. Through two speeches by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Australian context is utilized as a case study to challenge this dominant narrative which reinforces the historically inequitable relationship between the Global North and South. This critical discourse analysis examines commonly drawn upon themes in postcolonial literature of “othering” that is being attributed to refugee persons. This intersectional study utilizes the framework of [what the author has deemed] the three C’s of colonialism, including: Conquest, Civilization, and Christianity. This paper aims to expose the significance of soft power notions in International Relations such as discourse and rhetoric.
Supervisor: Smith, Karen
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: Culture & Politics
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/69083
 

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