British Citizenship and the ‘Other’: An Analysis of the Earned Citizenship Discourse
Article first published online: 2 JUL 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 100–110, March/April 2014
How to Cite
Andreouli, E. and Dashtipour, P. (2014), British Citizenship and the ‘Other’: An Analysis of the Earned Citizenship Discourse. J. Community. Appl. Soc. Psychol., 24: 100–110. doi: 10.1002/casp.2154
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 2 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 5 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 31 JAN 2012
- ideological dilemmas;
This paper presents an analysis of interviews conducted with citizenship officers in London, working within the field of British naturalisation. We draw from a rhetorical psychology perspective to study the dilemmatic tensions that exist in the participants' discourse about naturalisation applicants who are constructed as ‘good’ and ‘bad’, as both ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ of British citizenship. In line with a rhetorical approach, we argue that these different constructions of the migrant are strategic and are associated with different constructions of Britain as humanitarian and tolerant, on the one hand, and as being under threat by the influx of immigration, on the other hand. We conclude with a discussion of the implications of this ambivalence for processes of inclusion and exclusion. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.