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    ‘Everybody is welcome, but..’ Talking of emotions and with emotions about refugees; a psychosocial discursive analysis

    Seu, Irene Bruna (2008) ‘Everybody is welcome, but..’ Talking of emotions and with emotions about refugees; a psychosocial discursive analysis. Annual Review of Critical Psychology 6 , pp. 71-88. ISSN 1746-739X.

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    Abstract

    This paper follows the discursive and emotional work around constructions of refugees in a focus group with non-refugee mature students at a British University. The psychosocial discursive analysis of the data illustrates how participants were split into two camps, emotionally arguing for and against a refugee presence in Britain. The paper offers an exploration of the various discursive constructions of refugees used by the participants to warrant their position. Side by side with a discursive analysis, the paper also provides a psychosocial investigation of the emotional dimensions and states of mind associated with the constructions. Theoretically and methodologically, the paper argues for the need to look psychosocially at the resistance and hostility towards the ‘other’: in social and political relations but also in their emotional and psychodynamic manifestations.

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