British citizenship and the ‘other’: an analysis of the earned citizenship discourse

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Andreouli, E. and Dashtipour, P. 2014. British citizenship and the ‘other’: an analysis of the earned citizenship discourse. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 24 (2), pp. 100-110. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2154
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TitleBritish citizenship and the ‘other’: an analysis of the earned citizenship discourse
AuthorsAndreouli, E. and Dashtipour, P.
Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of interviews conducted with citizenship officers in London, working within the field of British naturalisation. We draw from a rhetorical psychology perspective to study the dilemmatic tensions that exist in the participants’ discourse about naturalisation applicants who are constructed as 'good’ and ‘bad’, as both ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ of British citizenship. In line with a rhetorical approach, we argue that these different constructions of the migrant are strategic and are associated with different constructions of Britain as humanitarian and tolerant, on the one hand, and as being under threat by the in flux of immigration, on the other hand. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of this ambivalence for processes of inclusion and exclusion.

PublisherWiley
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
ISSN1052-9284
Publication dates
Print04 Mar 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Apr 2016
Accepted02 Apr 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2154
LanguageEnglish
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