Why Read IMN?
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This chapter provides the theoretical background for the analysis of international migration narratives (IMN) and discusses the role of discourses and narratives in politics. It outlines five possible answers to the question of why IMN exist, which in turn determine five different ways of conceptualising them as a research topic: (1) narratives and research as a tool to inform governments and inspire policymaking, (2) the realist argument about the lack of influence of discourses on politics and power relations, (3) the social function of ideas as supporting coalitions and networks, (4) the role of narratives in constructing reality, and (5) the anthropological approach to political discourses as modern myths.
Keywordspolitical discourses realism constructivism epistemic communities myths
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