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Title: Discursive deracialization in talk about asylum seeking
Authors: Goodman, Simon
Burke, Shani
Keywords: Discursive deracialisation
Asylum seekers
Discursive psychology
Racism
Prejudice
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Citation: GOODMAN, S. and BURKE, S., 2011. Discursive deracialization in talk about asylum seeking. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (2), pp. 111 - 123.
Abstract: ABSTRACT In this paper we explore the extent to which ‘discursive deracialization’, the removal of ‘race’ from potentially racially motivated arguments, is taking place in talk about asylum seeking. A discourse analysis is conducted on the part of a corpus of data collected from focus groups with undergraduate students talking about asylum seeking, in which they were asked if they considered it to be racist to oppose asylum. We show that speakers use three arguments for opposing asylum that are explicitly framed as non-racist: opposition is based on (1) economic reasons (2) religious grounds and the associated threat of terrorism and (3) the lack of asylum seekers' ability to integrate into British society. These findings are discussed with regard to the implications they have for our understanding of discursive deracialization in which it is shown that there is a common knowledge understanding, albeit one that needs qualifying, that opposition to asylum is not racist.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: GOODMAN, S. and BURKE, S., 2011. Discursive deracialization in talk about asylum seeking. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (2), pp. 111 - 123, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.1065. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1002/casp.1065
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16520
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.1065
ISSN: 1052-9284
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