Discrimination, Discourses, and Disruptive effects: Analysing weblogs on the refugee crisis

In the first nine months of 2015 it is estimated that more than 464,000 people from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia crossed into Europe by sea (IOM, 15 September 2015). In this era, discussions about refugees, IS, and Islam are increasingly intertwined in public discourse, political agendas as well as everyday talk. Moreover, these discussions are progressively related to concerns people have about their own position now and in the near future: Linking costs of the refugee crisis to the cost of national health care. These concerns are being explicitly expressed in newspaper articles, weblogs and Facebook pages. The language used there is subjective and political and grouping and categorizing people often leads to simplified and stigmatized generalizations and stereotyped images. The act of naming is political and has consequences for the everyday life of the individuals and social groups concerned.

Based on the analysis of different weblogs this project will (1) discuss and compare the dominant discourses and (2) explore the ways in which these discourses continuously inform processes of inclusion and exclusion. In doing so we provide a better understanding into the act of naming in the light of the refugee crisis, the affordances it makes available, the ways in which it interrogates belonging, membership and ‘integration regimes’.