Discursive psychological research on refugees

Steve Kirkwood, Simon Goodman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract / Description of output

As refugees are by definition people who have fled conflict, notions of peace and conflict are central to understanding arguments about their inclusion and exclusion. It will be argued that Discursive psychology is well suited for understanding these arguments. Discursive psychological research has illustrated how refugees, and their countries of origin, are constructed in ways that are linked with social and political responses to their situations. Therefore, the extent to which refugees’ countries of origin are presented as dangerous is central to the legitimacy of their claims for asylum. Asylum seekers’ and refugees’ accounts of violence—both in their countries of origin and in the host societies—can be understood as constituting their own identities and justifying their status as ‘real’ refugees. However, opponents of asylum seeking in host societies argue against the presence of refugees through presenting them as a ‘threat’ to peaceful relations in that society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourse, Peace, and Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationDiscursive Psychology Perspectives
EditorsStephen Gibson
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)9783319990941
ISBN (Print)9783319990934
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2018

Publication series

NamePeace Psychology Book Series

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Asylum seekers
  • Discursive psychology
  • Peace psychology
  • Racism
  • Refugees


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