Goodman, S and Sirriyeh, A and McMahon, S (2017) The evolving (re)categorisations of refugees throughout the ‘Refugee/Migrant crisis’. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 1099-1298

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Abstract

The UK media’s reporting of events in 2015 contained constantly evolving categorisations of people attempting to reach Europe and the UK, each with different implications for their treatment. A discursive analysis of UK media outputs charts the development of the terminology used to present the ‘crisis’ and those people involved. First ‘Mediterranean migrant crisis’ was used to present those involved as ‘migrants’ to be prevented from reaching Europe. Next it became a ‘Calais Migrant crisis’ in which ‘migrants’ were constructed as a threat to UK security, and then the ‘European Migrant crisis’ an ongoing threat to Europe. Photographs of a drowned child led to a shift to a ‘refugee crisis’ in which ‘refugees’ were presented in a humane and
sympathetic way. When terrorist attacks were linked with the ‘crisis’ ‘refugees’ reverted to ‘migrants’. Findings are discussed regarding the impact of categorisation on debates about the inclusion and exclusion of refugees.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Wiley at https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2302 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: refugee crisis, migrant crisis, mediterranean crisis, refugees, migrants, discursive psychology, discourse analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 10:11
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2939

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