Migration as Social Seismograph: an Analysis of Germany’s ‘Refugee Crisis’ Controversy

Migration as Social Seismograph: an Analysis of Germany’s ‘Refugee Crisis’ Controversy IntJ PolitCult Soc https://doi.org/10.1007/s10767-018-9286-x Migration as Social Seismograph: an Analysis of Germany’s ‘Refugee Crisis’ Controversy 1,2,3 Manuela Bojadžijev Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract This article tests the hypothesis that the attitude towards migration can be under- stood as a social seismograph for the degree of a society’s degree of democratisation. In this article I present my hypothesis and analyse the constellation of arguments within the public controversy following the so-called refugee crisis in Germany. I work out the internal problematics structuring the three main polarisations in this discourse. Most of the contribu- tions analysed here are interventions rather than academic texts (albeit often authored by academics) making practical suggestions to cope with what they respectively relate to different definitions of crisis. Methodologically, this article is based on a thorough reading of essays and books and their relation to one another, with view to the current conjuncture. Understanding this ‘crisis’ after 2015 requires an approach attentive not only to the different ‘politics of polarisations’ within the public controversy but also to the real and phantasmal dimensions of the crisis. Although the figure of the refugee has began to occupy a central role in the discussion http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society" Springer Journals

Migration as Social Seismograph: an Analysis of Germany’s ‘Refugee Crisis’ Controversy

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
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Social Sciences; Sociology, general; Clinical Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology
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0891-4486
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1573-3416
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10.1007/s10767-018-9286-x
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IntJ PolitCult Soc https://doi.org/10.1007/s10767-018-9286-x Migration as Social Seismograph: an Analysis of Germany’s ‘Refugee Crisis’ Controversy 1,2,3 Manuela Bojadžijev Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract This article tests the hypothesis that the attitude towards migration can be under- stood as a social seismograph for the degree of a society’s degree of democratisation. In this article I present my hypothesis and analyse the constellation of arguments within the public controversy following the so-called refugee crisis in Germany. I work out the internal problematics structuring the three main polarisations in this discourse. Most of the contribu- tions analysed here are interventions rather than academic texts (albeit often authored by academics) making practical suggestions to cope with what they respectively relate to different definitions of crisis. Methodologically, this article is based on a thorough reading of essays and books and their relation to one another, with view to the current conjuncture. Understanding this ‘crisis’ after 2015 requires an approach attentive not only to the different ‘politics of polarisations’ within the public controversy but also to the real and phantasmal dimensions of the crisis. Although the figure of the refugee has began to occupy a central role in the discussion

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"International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society"Springer Journals

Published: May 31, 2018

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