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Type: Journal article
Title: Narratives from the neighbourhood: The discursive construction of integration problems in talkback radio
Author: Hanson-Easey, S.
Augoustinos, M.
Citation: Journal of Sociolinguistics, 2012; 16(1):28-55
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1360-6441
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Scott Alen Hanson-Easey and Martha Augoustinos
Abstract: <jats:p>This paper examines how speakers deploy narrative devices in talking about Sudanese refugees. Particularly, we show how narrative constructions form an important basis for the advancement of accounts about integration problems into the local polity. We analyse talkback ‘phone‐in’ calls to a local Adelaide radio station that provide callers an opportunity to give accounts of events and social phenomena that concern them in their local settings. Analysis shows that speakers regularly deployed narrative constructions, first‐hand ‘witnessing’ devices that functioned to legitimate accounts as veridical versions of events, and contrast devices to explicate the moral and behavioural aberrance of Sudanese refugees. The analysis illustrates how these discursive devices function rhetorically in interaction, in ways that differentiate Sudanese refugees as problematic. Through this analysis, we contend that narrative devices precipitate and bolster socio‐political policies that have serious, negative consequences for Sudanese refugees.</jats:p>
Keywords: Discourse analysis
Sudanese refugees
critical social psychology
narrative constructions
talkback radio
witnessing device
Rights: Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9841.2011.00519.x
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