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Criteria of citizenship and social inclusion in immigrants' discourse in Greece.

Sapountzis, A and Xenitidou, Maria (2017) Criteria of citizenship and social inclusion in immigrants' discourse in Greece. Qualitative Psychology.

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Abstract

Naturalization criteria play an important role in who can be accepted as a member of a national polity. In the political and social sciences often a distinction is drawn between the right of blood- jus sanguinis- and the right of soil-jus soli- as guiding principles for naturalization. This distinction corresponds to the two different types of nationalism and national belonging identified by Kohn (1945, 1955) namely “ethnic” nationalism and “civic” nationalism. In social psychology this distinction has been used to examine which type of national belonging is more often associated to prejudice against immigrants and their exclusion. Recently approaches informed by social constructionism and discourse analysis examine how citizenship and the exclusion of immigrants are articulated in talk and what interactional goals seem to serve in each occasion. In this paper we examine how immigrants in Greece construct naturalization criteria in talk and how these may relate to the inclusion or exclusion of immigrants. Participants were 25 immigrants who participated in an interview on the current situation in Greece and the new naturalization law. Analyzing the interviews using Rhetorical Psychology, Ideological Dilemmas and Discursive Psychology we argue that participants by ridiculing citizenship criteria they legitimated their own presence within Greece. At the same time, they seemed to exclude other immigrant groups using discourses of legality/illegality. A possible reason for this dilemma, we maintain, is the diverse ideological background of the notion of citizenship, which allows its mobilization towards different ends.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sapountzis, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Xenitidou, MariaM.Xenitidou@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 24 July 2017
Identification Number : 10.1037/qup0000094
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 The American Psychological Association.This article may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Migration, naturalization criteria, social exclusion, Discourse Analysis.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Jan 2017 19:00
Last Modified : 30 Nov 2017 14:49
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813357

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