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The politics of pests: immigration and the invasive other

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In 2015 more than one million people entered the European Union, many fleeing wars in the Middle East. There was a strand of hostile media coverage that represented migrants as vermin or insects. This paper examines the context of this representation and argues that that association of vermin – waste, numbers and threats to the home –provides useful insights into the anxieties underpinning negative responses to asylum seekers. Analysing these representations offers insights into the kinds of ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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Department:
Oxford, SSD, Anthropology, Social & Cultural Anthropology
Publisher:
John Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Research: An International Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
84
Issue:
1
Pages:
7-28
Publication date:
2017-05-05
Acceptance date:
2016-12-18
EISSN:
1944-768X
ISSN:
0037-783X
Pubs id:
pubs:689141
URN:
uri:4bea8b8f-d780-4370-9f3f-3823f1a5b5bb
UUID:
uuid:4bea8b8f-d780-4370-9f3f-3823f1a5b5bb
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pubs:689141

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