Shifting Political Discourses Around Immigration and Ethnicity and Associated Violence

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC05 Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (host committee)

Language: English

This session will focus on the shift in political discourses around immigration and ethnicity in immigration countries, with the UK and the US being the examples of such countries. Such a shift is exemplified in the support for anti-immigration politics, as well as, in the openly anti-immigrant, racist and xenophobic statements made by politicians, especially on the right side of the political scene. This wider political context has a potential to influence relations between individuals of the majority and minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds and result in the open expressions of racism and xenophobia, in various forms, including verbal and physical violence, and such instances have been reported by media in both countries. It also has a potential to affect the everyday experiences of people of minority ethnic and migrant heritage, who both have been facing and resisting racism and xenophobia, as well as, seeking justice in the face of violence they had experienced. The session welcomes reflections on these themes and contributions relying on theoretical debates and empirical research.
Session Organizer:
Bernadetta SIARA, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom
Oral Presentations
Contemporary Multicultural Narratives and Immigration Politics: Intersections of Gender, Racialization, and Cultural Identity Among Asian and Latino Canadian Immigrant Youth
Nazilla NAZILLA KHANLOU, York University, Canada; Luz Maria VAZQUEZ, York University, Canada; Attia KHAN, York University, Canada
The Change of Anti-Immigration Discourses in Finland
Vesa PUURONEN, University of Oulu, Finland
Discriminatory Media Reports Against Mainland Chinese New Immigrants in Hong Kong
Wing Yeung Vivian LEUNG, University of Toronto, Canada