The normality and materiality of the dominant discourse: Voluntary work inside a Dutch asylum seeker center

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Abstract

This article explores the narratives of the volunteers working inside Dutch asylum seeker centers (AZCs). The objective was to explore the challenges and coping strategies of these volunteers, who face contradictory processes: being engaged to improve the condition of asylum seekers in the context of growing antimigrant/antirefugee sentiment in The Netherlands, dominant exclusionary discourse, and the difficult material conditions in AZCs. The analysis of these narratives shows that in spite of some conflicting emotions, a specific form of agency (through the combination of idealistic convictions and pragmatic strategies of change) enabled these volunteers to remain optimistic in their work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220–237
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Dominant discourse
  • asylum seekers
  • agency
  • total institution
  • volunteers
  • narratives

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In: Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2016, p. 220–237.

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