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Refugees as/at Risk: The gendered and racialized underpinnings of securitization in British media narratives

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JournalSecurity Dialogue
DateAccepted/In press - 18 Dec 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 28 Mar 2019
Issue number3
Volume50
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)275-291
Early online date28/03/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

It is well established in the literature that migration has become increasingly securitized. In this article, we examine the racialized and gendered grids of intelligibility that make securitizing moves possible in the migration context. Specifically, we argue that the securitization of migration during the so-called EU refugee crisis comes into being through intertwined and mutually dependent representations of racialized, masculinized threat and racialized, feminized vulnerability, which are woven into the scaffolding of colonial modernity. We construct our argument through an analysis of relevant newspaper articles published in British newspapers between September 2015 and March 2016. Accordingly, our discussion advances understandings of the dominant narratives through which the ‘refugee crisis’ has been understood. In addition, in highlighting the naturalized inequalities that underpin securitizing speech acts, the article also contributes to literature that seeks to add an improved understanding of power to securitization theory.

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Maria Eriksson Baaz for her insightful comments on an earlier draft of this article. Harriet Gray?s work is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) (grant number 2014-3519). Anja Franck?s work is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ) (grant number P14-0866:1).

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    Research areas

  • Gender, media, race, refugee crisis, securitization of migration, vulnerability

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