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‘A brother is more than a neighbour’ : Symbolic boundary work in Czech pro-migration discourse

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JAWORSKY Bernadette Nadya KROTKÝ Jan

Rok publikování 2021
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Fakulta sociálních studií

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www https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23254823.2021.1942115
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2021.1942115
Klíčová slova Symbolic boundaries; boundary work; refugees; Czechia; migrant advocacy; cultural sociology
Popis Since 2015, the latest so-called migration crisis has become a major discursive topic in the EU, even in countries like Czechia, which have not received many migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers. While researchers have looked at anti-migration discourses in the country, highlighting the ways in which symbolic boundaries around migrants are brightened, there exists a gap in looking at the other side, namely, how migrant rights advocates legitimate the potential acceptance of migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers. In this article, we adopt a cultural sociological approach to explore how two Czech initiatives to accept refugees, including Syrian orphans, variously blur and solidify symbolic boundaries. Our findings show that the migrant rights advocates involved in these two initiatives, who gained the attention of decision makers, follow mainstream discursive narratives, legitimating the acceptance of refugees based on similar arguments and symbols (both religious and security based) as those instrumentalised by the opponents of migration.
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