Public and Political Discourses of Migration

International Perspectives

Edited by Amanda Haynes, Martin J. Power, Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane, James Carr

Publication date:

20 April 2016

Length of book:

302 pages


Rowman & Littlefield International

ISBN-13: 9781783483273

Popular, political and media discourses frame the issue of migration and shape how and when it enters the public and political consciousness. These discourses are of crucial importance as they influence both the general public’s perception of migration and the policies which regulate both the act of migration itself and migrant residents.

Public and Political Discourses of Migration brings together an interdisciplinary group of established and emerging scholars, whose work interrogates the relationship between discourse and migration. Through the application of a variety of theoretical lenses drawn from the broad canon of discourse studies, each contribution unpicks the productive power of discourse in shaping the reality of migration, migration policy and migrant lives in the twenty-first century. The cases examined emerge, as do their authors, from a wide spectrum of national, political and cultural contexts. They are linked by their fundamental questioning of ‘common sense’ and ahistorical approaches to migration. They address the question of whose interests are served by prevailing discourses and the structures they underpin. Ultimately, they ‘make strange’ accepted ‘truths’ regarding migration in the twenty-first century.

This outstanding collection, skilfully edited with thematic clarity and analytic vision, is a major contribution to migration studies. Fusing intellectual gravitas with impressive political commitment, the book will serve as a benchmark for future analyses of the relationship between migration and the unsettling politics of representation, as well as an important and instructive resource for students new to the field.