Jumping the Queue? The queue-jumping metaphor in Australian press discourse on asylum seekers

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Abstract

The paper examines the use of the queue-jumping metaphor within the Australian press at three key points of asylum seeker arrivals. As a diachronic study, it investigates the development of the metaphor and its utilisation. The paper finds that while the metaphor developed at the intersection of political and news discourse, its usage was far from straightforward, often acting as a focus for arguments opposing government policies and rhetoric. Yet the success of the metaphor in shaping the narrative around asylum seekers can be understood through its structuring of a deserving/undeserving dichotomy, aligned with quintessential Australian values, which led to both pro- and anti- government positions being articulated through the context of queue-jumping.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sociology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2020

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