This thesis is a Critical Discourse Analysis of metaphors used within the Australian press (1854 to 2018) to frame immigration to Australia. Drawing on 12,000 instances of metaphor in 3000 press reports, from 3 major daily newspapers, the thesis qualitatively examines the metaphors used to construct both immigrants and the nation. The thesis demonstrates remarkable consistency in the ways groups of immigrants have been racialised through metaphor over the last 165 years, with negative immigration metaphors functioning alongside nation metaphors to frame ethno-nationalist discourses of belonging. Together these metaphors help structure narratives about immigrant Others and the Australian national Self.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||14 Feb 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|