Interpretative Repertoire of Victimhood: Narrating Experiences of Discrimination and Ethnic Hatred among Polish Migrants in Belfast : Anthropological Journal of European Cultures Berghahn Journals
Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures) Show More Show Less

Editor: Ullrich Kockel, Intercultural Research Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland


Volume 25 / 2016, 2 Issues per volume (spring, autumn)

Subjects: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, European Studies


ANNOUNCEMENT: Editorship and Changes to Editorial Team

 

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Interpretative Repertoire of Victimhood: Narrating Experiences of Discrimination and Ethnic Hatred among Polish Migrants in Belfast

Marta Kempny

Keywords: DISCRIMINATION; HATE CRIME; IDENTITY; INTERPRETATIVE REPERTOIRE; NARRATIVE; VICTIMHOOD

Abstract

Based on one year of ethnographic fieldwork, this article discusses the narratives of perceived discrimination and ethnic hatred of Polish migrants in Belfast. Using narrative theory, it examines the construction of identity of Poles as an unprivileged stratum of the Northern Irish society. Migrants' stories are followed by analysis of the contradictions and tensions between what they construct as their realities and 'objective truth'. Subsequently, the article accounts for these tensions by exploring the links between 'cultural repertoires' of Polish migrants and the ways in which their narratives are presented.

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