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‘Europe’ in Greece: Lay constructions of Europe in the context of Greek immigration debates

Andreouli, Eleni; Figgou, Lia; Kadianaki, Irini; Antonis, Sapountzis and Maria, Xenitidou (2017). ‘Europe’ in Greece: Lay constructions of Europe in the context of Greek immigration debates. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27(2) pp. 158–168.

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In this paper, we analyse discourses about Europe in Greek debates about immigration and citizenship and highlight the complexities of ‘Europeanness’ as a symbolic resource for argumentation in these debates. Our data consist of lay discourses from two rounds of online public deliberation (2009/2010 and 2015) about a controversial new citizenship law in Greece. Our analysis shows that Europe is an ambivalent category. On the one hand, Europe symbolises progress, but, on the other hand, it is also constructed in terms of decline and ‘contamination’ by multiculturalism. Further, our analysis shows that the category of Europe can be mobilised in contradictory ways, in order to support arguments for and against citizenship rights for migrants. The paper concludes with a discussion of the ways in which constructions of Europe are implicated in processes of othering and inclusion in the context of current immigration debates.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1099-1298
Keywords: Greece; Europe; citizenship; immigration; East-West
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 48389
Depositing User: Eleni Andreouli
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 14:43
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 16:05
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