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Title: Fujianese migration on the margin : a study of migration culture through history, media representation and ethnography
Author: Jiang, Xinyi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 1946
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2006
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Fujianese migration is emblematic of the social impact of the migration-asylum nexus and has prominent significance in migration studies. Yet it remains a hidden social phenomenon and has occupied a marginal position in media and socio-cultural studies. This situation exemplifies the contradictions and complexities of globalisation embedded in, and interacting with, economic, political, historical, social and other factors. My study attempts to explore these factors through a socio-cultural theoretical approach that combines textual and empirical analysis. Chapter One conceptualises the migration-asylum nexus from the sociological perspectives of globalisation, risk and racism. Chapter Two reviews a history of British attitudes towards China and Chinese immigration. Chapter Three analyses the textual properties of the press coverage of the Dover incident in which 58 Fujianese migrants died while being smuggled into Britain. Chapter Four draws an ethnographic picture of the marginalised life experiences of some Fujianese in Britain. Chapter Five explores the migration culture in a sending community of Fujian. My study suggests that an overall negative and stereotypical pattern of representing Chinese in the British society is perceivable in the UK media's recent coverage of the Dover incident. Analysis of this coverage also indicates that the UK media's coverage of migration and asylum issues generally accords with an anti-asylum political discourse. This helps to explain the culture of marginality and secrecy that pervades Fujianese migration to some extent. This study brings together the British press's representation of the Fujianese as 'Others' with an ethnographic investigation of what those 'Others' actually think of themselves. It addresses the discrepancies between migrant-receiving and migrant-sending societies in their perceptions of migration, and draws upon elements of politics, history, society, culture and individual dynamics to provide a more comprehensive portrayal of migration culture.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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