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Australia’s securitization of boat refugees : a critical discourse analysis of the Australian Migration Act

Hamark Kindborg, Johanna LU (2015) MRSK61 20142
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
According to international law, under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR), refugees have the right to seek asylum in the host country they arrive to. However, there are many democratic states today that view it as their privilege to select which refugees who have the right to enter their territory. In order to do research on this subject I will use Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis to give a more complex view of power relations in the Australian society today. With assistance of Fairclough’s three-dimensional model, I will examine Australia’s Migration Act. The focus of the thesis is determined by asking which norms that are the underlying factor for the attitude toward immigration in Australia. I will... (More)
According to international law, under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR), refugees have the right to seek asylum in the host country they arrive to. However, there are many democratic states today that view it as their privilege to select which refugees who have the right to enter their territory. In order to do research on this subject I will use Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis to give a more complex view of power relations in the Australian society today. With assistance of Fairclough’s three-dimensional model, I will examine Australia’s Migration Act. The focus of the thesis is determined by asking which norms that are the underlying factor for the attitude toward immigration in Australia. I will therefore examine in what way refugees are portrayed in the Australian Migration Act and the political debate. The discourse of security will also be examined in the Act and a further investigation will be made on what way this phenomenon affects refugees in Australia. When these questions are asked to the primary material I will use Seyla Benhabib’s perspective on political membership and her theorization of the others and I argue that the Australian Migration Act generates an image of refugees as a threat against Australia’s security. (Less)
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author
Hamark Kindborg, Johanna LU
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MRSK61 20142
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Designated persons, Boat refugees, Detention center, Human Rights, Immigration, Membership, Migration Act, Security, Society, The others.
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English
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5041701
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2015-02-12 17:32:55
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  abstract     = {According to international law, under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR), refugees have the right to seek asylum in the host country they arrive to. However, there are many democratic states today that view it as their privilege to select which refugees who have the right to enter their territory. In order to do research on this subject I will use Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis to give a more complex view of power relations in the Australian society today. With assistance of Fairclough’s three-dimensional model, I will examine Australia’s Migration Act. The focus of the thesis is determined by asking which norms that are the underlying factor for the attitude toward immigration in Australia. I will therefore examine in what way refugees are portrayed in the Australian Migration Act and the political debate. The discourse of security will also be examined in the Act and a further investigation will be made on what way this phenomenon affects refugees in Australia. When these questions are asked to the primary material I will use Seyla Benhabib’s perspective on political membership and her theorization of the others and I argue that the Australian Migration Act generates an image of refugees as a threat against Australia’s security.},
  author       = {Hamark Kindborg, Johanna},
  keyword      = {Designated persons,Boat refugees,Detention center,Human Rights,Immigration,Membership,Migration Act,Security,Society,The others.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Australia’s securitization of boat refugees : a critical discourse analysis of the Australian Migration Act},
  year         = {2015},
}