Advanced

Flyktingpolitiska diskurser: en kritisk diskursanalys av två debatter

Johansson, Anna (2008)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The central goal of this study was to compare statements of the minister of migration in power in 1994 with those of the minister of migration in 2006. The statements reflect two peaks of refugee immigration in connection to the war in former Yugoslavia and the present war in Iraq. The study analyses the statements in a critical discourse analysis framework. More specifically the aim was to find out if there were any discursive differences in these statements and how they might manifest themselves in society. The material was composed of 12 texts, 6 for each period originating from Swedish newspapers and from the ministers' public speeches. Through a textual analysis via a discussion on the discursive and social practices, the aim was to... (More)
The central goal of this study was to compare statements of the minister of migration in power in 1994 with those of the minister of migration in 2006. The statements reflect two peaks of refugee immigration in connection to the war in former Yugoslavia and the present war in Iraq. The study analyses the statements in a critical discourse analysis framework. More specifically the aim was to find out if there were any discursive differences in these statements and how they might manifest themselves in society. The material was composed of 12 texts, 6 for each period originating from Swedish newspapers and from the ministers' public speeches. Through a textual analysis via a discussion on the discursive and social practices, the aim was to form an understanding of the field of migration politics during these periods. The discourse analysis concludes both similarities and differences between the periods. The statements show the following similarities. Firstly they are similar as to language use such as extensive use of state verb. Secondly they portray Sweden as a generous country for refugees. Thirdly they portray a collective group of migrants as being composed in the wrong way: the 94/95 migrants are portrayed as false refugees whereas the 06/07 migrants are portrayed as unable to contribute to Swedish society through work. Fourthly they represent the refugees as an economic and a social load for Swedish society, where the economic load is emphasized in 94/95 discourse and the social load in 06/07 discourse. The main difference is the way in which the ministers' represent the domain of migration as dependant of another domain of politics, namely the economical domain. In the 94/95 texts, Sweden should accept refugees as long as the economy allows it. In texts from 06/07, Sweden should accept those migrants that are able to contribute to Swedish economy. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Johansson, Anna
supervisor
organization
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
migration politics, critical discourse analysis, political discourse, text analysis, refugee, former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper
language
Swedish
id
1318855
date added to LUP
2008-06-13
date last changed
2008-06-13
@misc{1318855,
  abstract     = {The central goal of this study was to compare statements of the minister of migration in power in 1994 with those of the minister of migration in 2006. The statements reflect two peaks of refugee immigration in connection to the war in former Yugoslavia and the present war in Iraq. The study analyses the statements in a critical discourse analysis framework. More specifically the aim was to find out if there were any discursive differences in these statements and how they might manifest themselves in society. The material was composed of 12 texts, 6 for each period originating from Swedish newspapers and from the ministers' public speeches. Through a textual analysis via a discussion on the discursive and social practices, the aim was to form an understanding of the field of migration politics during these periods. The discourse analysis concludes both similarities and differences between the periods. The statements show the following similarities. Firstly they are similar as to language use such as extensive use of state verb. Secondly they portray Sweden as a generous country for refugees. Thirdly they portray a collective group of migrants as being composed in the wrong way: the 94/95 migrants are portrayed as false refugees whereas the 06/07 migrants are portrayed as unable to contribute to Swedish society through work. Fourthly they represent the refugees as an economic and a social load for Swedish society, where the economic load is emphasized in 94/95 discourse and the social load in 06/07 discourse. The main difference is the way in which the ministers' represent the domain of migration as dependant of another domain of politics, namely the economical domain. In the 94/95 texts, Sweden should accept refugees as long as the economy allows it. In texts from 06/07, Sweden should accept those migrants that are able to contribute to Swedish economy.},
  author       = {Johansson, Anna},
  keyword      = {migration politics,critical discourse analysis,political discourse,text analysis,refugee,former Yugoslavia,Iraq,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Flyktingpolitiska diskurser: en kritisk diskursanalys av två debatter},
  year         = {2008},
}