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There’s foreigner and foreigner: xenophobic reasoning and anti-immigrant discourse

There’s foreigner and foreigner: xenophobic reasoning and anti-immigrant discourse

Monica Colombo, Paolo Cherubini, Lorenzo Montali, Laura Marando
University of Milano-Bicocca
Correspondence to: monica.colombo@unimib.it
Dipartimento di Psicologia Ed. U6
Piazza Ateneo Nuovo, 1
20100 Milano (Italy)

Abstract
This research aims at analysing the expression of both overt and covert forms of xenophobia in native citizens’ discourse by adopting an integrated analytical approach that combines discourse and cognitive analysis. In particular, we are interested in detecting those discursive strategies that appear to be of crucial importance to the expression of xenophobic thinking and in examining the role exerted in concrete social contexts by cognitive mechanisms in shaping the inner “logic” of xenophobic discourse. To this purpose, 20 in-depth interviews were administered to adult residents from two districts in Milan. Verbatim transcripts are analysed in 3steps: a) computer-aided quantitative and qualitative data analysis; b) discourse analysis; c) cognitive analysis.

Keywords: xenophobia, discourse analysis, cognitive analysis, threat


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Monica Colombo, Paolo Cherubini, Lorenzo Montali, Laura Marando

Monica Colombo, Paolo Cherubini, Lorenzo Montali, Laura Marando
University of Milano-Bicocca
Correspondence to: monica.colombo@unimib.it
Dipartimento di Psicologia Ed. U6
Piazza Ateneo Nuovo, 1
20100 Milano (Italy)


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Keywords: xenophobia, discourse analysis, cognitive analysis, threat, community psychology, gjcpp, 2nd ICCP