Exclusive and Inclusive Constructions of 'Australia' in the Australian Parliament

January 2013
Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p51
Academic Journal
Due to the way racism is now hidden behind discourses of 'cultural difference' rather than relying on beliefs of biological inferiority, capturing instances of racism has now become a difficult task. The discourse of 'difference' in recent times has strongly manifested itself as exclusion from a discursively constructed nation: borders of the nation are redrawn along cultural essentialist lines so that undesirable 'others' are always excluded. Taking data from Australian parliamentary debates on immigration and citizenship during 2006-2007, this paper uses critical discourse analysis to explore how politicians discursively (re)construct borders of 'Australia' to either exclude or include immigrants. This paper argues that exclusion and inclusion in national constructions are more conducive ways of seeing how racism and anti-racism towards immigrants are enacted.


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