Representations of Refugees, Traffickers and Local People in Greek Literature during the European Migrant Crisis (2014-1018)

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Christina Linardaki,
Advanced Media Institute, Cyprus

Marie Lavrentiadou,
Hellenic Open University, Greece

DOI: 10.47298/comela22.5-6
The GLOCAL Proceedings:  The GLOCAL Conference in the Mediterranean and Europe 2022


This paper investigates Greek literature (prose and poetry), written, in its bulk, during the years of the European migrant crisis (2014-2018) to uncover ways in which refugees, traffickers, and locals are presented. Following a literature review and the presentation of methodology, prose is observed, drawing on social representations theory, and a theoretical framework of social exclusion. We analyse poetry through a critical discourse analysis (CDA) (Gee 2011), while also considering social language, situated meaning, intertextuality, figured worlds, and Discourses. The approach employed assists in the eliciting of social perspectives from the sample, as reflected in writers’ or poets’ views. These views may be hyperbolic, but nonetheless echo the opinion of at least part of the Greek population.

Keywords: Refugees, European migrant crisis, Greece, literature, CDA, linguistic anthropology


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