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Under The Skin: An Ahmedian perspective on the participants' emotions of disgust and pain in Go Back To Where You Came From
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7313-5104
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Under skinnet : Ett Ahmediskt perspektiv på deltagarnas avsky och smärta i Flyktingar Åk Hem! (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that Sara Ahmed’s methodology for reading the emotionality of texts, through its focus on the relationships between emotions, language and bodies, can be applied to the emotional responses of Australians to refugees and asylum seekers. This essay specifically focuses on the emotions of disgust and pain in the participants of Go Back To Where You Came From, a three-part Australian documentary/realia TV series, because these two emotions’ preoccupation with surface and proximity provide a useful metaphor for what can be observed in the participants’ emotionality. Sensuous proximity in the form of sight, taste, smell, touch and hearing underlies the disgust experienced by the Go Back participants, while shared surfaces enable the participants to feel the pain of others. The essay concludes that Ahmed’s methodology is indeed an effective tool for analysing the emotions of people “affected” by the transnational movements of others.

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2013. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
emotionality, disgust, pain, proximity, surfaces, refugees, asylum seekers, Ahmed, Collett, Go Back To Where You Came From
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Languages and Literature General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-74423OAI: diva2:633799
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2013-07-17Bibliographically approved

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