Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
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Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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


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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