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Public narratives on human mobility: Countering technocratic and humanitarian refugee narratives with a "one-world" solidarity narrative

Mahendran, Kesi (2017). Public narratives on human mobility: Countering technocratic and humanitarian refugee narratives with a "one-world" solidarity narrative. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 27(2) pp. 147–157.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2304
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Abstract

This article articulates a one-world narrative, which reconfigures human mobility in dialogical response to the ideational borders of the European Union. Fifty-two semi-structured interviews, in Scotland and Sweden, bring participants, ranging from people with refugee status to the generationally nonmobile, into dialogue with the integration ideals of the European Union. Within this ideational space, participants employ I-positional dialogical capacities such as “outsideness” and “multivoicedness” to articulate a postnational “one-world” solidarity narrative (OWN). OWN is revealed as distinct from a posthuman “one-earth” sustainability narrative, which was found to “border” and delimit mobility. Three dimensions of OWN, (a) borders as constructed; (b) citizen of the world; and (c) accidental nature of existence, together repoliticise depoliticised technocratic reasoning, culturalism, and the asymmetries of humanitarian narratives on refugees. In conclusion, articulating the public's dialogical capacities is key to moving beyond public opinion towards public dialogue on vexed political questions such as immigration.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 1099-1298
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: dialogical; European Union; narrative; public opinion; refugee; solidarity
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 48963
Depositing User: Kesi Mahendran
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 10:44
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017 04:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48963
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