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‘Taking advantage’ or fleeing persecution? : Opposing accounts of asylum seeking

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Danielle EveryDanielle Every, M Augoustinos
This paper discursively analyses advocates’ explanations of asylum seeking in the 2001 Australian parliamentary debates. Previous research has mapped the negative discourses used to present asylum seekers as economic migrants ‘taking advantage’ of soft laws. This paper analyses how advocates oppose this rhetoric, re-categorising asylum seekers as potential refugees,and establishing Australia as legally and morally responsible for providing protection. This paper examines three influences shaping advocates’ arguments: opposing anti-asylum seeker rhetoric; theories of the formation of anti-asylum seeker public opinion; and the parliamentary and wider liberal democratic intellectual political framework. It then analyses four extracts taken from political speeches in the parliament, focussing on the rhetoricalstrategies used to counter a pervasive ‘culture of disbelief’ against asylum seekers.

History

Volume

12

Issue

5

Start Page

648

End Page

667

Number of Pages

20

eISSN

1467-9841

ISSN

1360-6441

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

TBA Research Institute; University of Adelaide; University of South Australia;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of sociolinguistics.