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TitleThe Everyday Politics of Migration Crisis in Poland [electronic resource] : Between Nationalism, Fear and Empathy / by Krzysztof Jaskulowski
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Pivot, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XI, 139 p. 1 illus. online resource


This book explores attitudes towards migrants and refugees from North Africa and the Middle East during the so-called migration crisis in 2015-2016 in Poland. Beginning with an examination of Polish government policy and the discursive construction of refugees in the media, politics and popular culture, it argues that they identified refugees with Muslims, who were deemed to pose a threat to the Polish nation. This analysis establishes the Islamophobic public discourse which is shown to be variously reproduced, negotiated and contested in the nuanced study of Polish attitudes which follows. Drawing on original qualitative research and constructivist theory, the book examines differing stances towards refugees in the context of the lay understanding of the Polish nation and its boundaries. In doing so it demonstrates the influence of discourses that draw on an exclusionary concept of national identity and the potential for them to be mobilised against immigrants. This timely, theory-based case study will provide a valuable resource for students and scholars of Central and Eastern European politics, nationalism, race, migration and refugee studies. Krzysztof Jaskułowski is Associate Professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland. His research interests include nationalism, migration studies, and the politics of memory


Chapter. 1. Introduction: Setting the agenda -- Chapter 2. Preliminaries: nationalism without nations -- Chapter 3. The Politics of the “migration crisis” in Poland -- Chapter 4. Understanding Polishness -- Chapter 5. The Nation under threat -- Chapter 6. Against the currents: refugees welcome -- Chapter 7. Between fear and empathy -- Chapter 8. Conclusions

Migration Citizenship—Sociological aspects Racism in the social sciences Europe-Politics and government Ethnography Discourse analysis Migration. Sociology of Citizenship. Sociology of Racism. European Politics. Ethnography. Discourse Analysis.


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