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Title: A discourse analysis of how refugee volunteers talk about themselves and their experiences of volunteering
Author: Yap, Su Yin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 2634
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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This research sought to explore the experiences of refugees who work as volunteers assisting other refugees. It was interested in how this group talk about themselves and their volunteer roles in light of the dominant discourses about refugees. A Foucauldian Discourse Analytic approach was adopted in order to explore how refugees construct themselves as both refugees and volunteers, the discourses they drew on, and how this impacted on the possible ways-of-being open to refugees. The results show that participants both reproduced and resisted dominant discourses about refugees. An economic discourse in relation to refugees was most dominant, with refugees constructed as bogus, lazy, a drain on the economy, and as financially indebted to the State. In relation to volunteering, a meta discourse of good citizen was identified, with volunteering constructed as a technology of self, a way of transforming the refugee into a 'good citizen'. Subjugated constructions of volunteering as a way of coping and as social change were identified. The findings of the research are discussed in relation to implications for clinical practice and future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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