Discourses and refugees’ social inclusion: Introduction to method and issues

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Social Justice Research Centre, School of Psychology and Social Science


Guilfoyle, A. & Hancock, P. (2009). Discourses and refugees’ social inclusion: Introduction to method and issues. Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 9(2), 123-133. http://tamarajournal.com/index.php/tamara/article/view/319


Different frameworks guide our research. In this edition we are interested to see how the methodology of discourse analysis is useful for shaping policy in the context of refugees, and we have included work from a variety of researchers all of whom engage with discourses in the context of refugees. A sub-theme of this issue emanates from our collective experiences working in a broad range of disciplines, many of which have relied upon qualitative data collection and in turn the analysis of narrative. Narrative data and discourse analysis are two different, though inter[1]related, approaches that are commonly used in the social sciences, but often they are either confused or have little or no impact at the policy level. While this paper focuses on the issue of discourse analysis, other papers within the issue concentrate on the use of narrative in constructing meaning and recording the experiences of refugees in Western nations. It is important that readers are aware of both discourse analysis and narrative in terms of refugee studies.