Metaphors of Migration: A critical discourse analysis of the intersections between immigration, race and the nation in Australian press reports (1854–2018)

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Fozdar, Farida, Supervisor
  • Maras, Steven, Supervisor
  • Rhook, Nadia, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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