JAMES BAKER Ph.D.

Vita

My primary research focuses on race/racism, immigrants/refugees, and youth/adolescents. I also study ethnicity, nationalism, and Newfoundland identity all within the context of youth. I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


For my Ph.D., I examined language use among elite parliamentarians in debates related to refugee asylum. I challenge the “taken for granted” notion many parliamentarians employ in their speeches and, using Critical Discourse Analysis, seek to understand how argumentation, legitimation, and Othering strategies are used to support their position on refugee reform. I argue that while the government portrays the legislation as designed to protect asylum seekers, in actuality, it is aimed at restricting their entry. Indeed, to support this latter point, my analysis found that Conservative discourse on immigration portrays asylum seekers as security risks, criminals, and fraudsters.



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JAMES BAKER Ph.D.