“You Should Have Told Me That Earlier” : Ethnic Return Migrants’ Accounts of Discrimination

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Varjonen , S A , Jurva , K & Jasinskaja-Lahti , I 2015 , ' “You Should Have Told Me That Earlier” : Ethnic Return Migrants’ Accounts of Discrimination ' , Journal of Language and Social Psychology , vol. 35 , no. 3 , pp. 268-286 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927X15599023

Title: “You Should Have Told Me That Earlier” : Ethnic Return Migrants’ Accounts of Discrimination
Author: Varjonen, Sirkku Anneli; Jurva, Katrina; Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Journal of Language and Social Psychology
ISSN: 0261-927X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/234337
Abstract: In this article, we take a discursive psychological approach to study how ethnic return migrants discuss and account for episodes of discrimination, with a special focus on discursive strategies employed to deal with discrimination. The data come from nine focus group discussions held with ethnic Finnish migrants who have moved to Finland in adulthood from Russia, Canada, or the United States. Results of the analysis show two distinct ways of dealing with discrimination: problematising discrimination and downplaying discrimination. Problematising was accomplished by showing the critical difference between being categorised as Finnish or non-Finnish and challenging the criteria of Finnishness. Strategies of downplaying included normalising discrimination and emphasising positive experiences. The findings are discussed in relation to ethnic return migrants’ identity work and belonging to broader society.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
Discursive psychology
Discrimination
discourse analyses
Immigration
Ethnicity
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