Immoral and un-Australian: the discursive exclusion of welfare recipients

Gunders, Lisa (2012) Immoral and un-Australian: the discursive exclusion of welfare recipients. Critical Discourse Studies, 9 1: 1-13. doi:10.1080/17405904.2011.632136

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Author Gunders, Lisa
Title Immoral and un-Australian: the discursive exclusion of welfare recipients
Journal name Critical Discourse Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-5912
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17405904.2011.632136
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This article argues that exclusionary representations of welfare recipients constructed in the speeches of Australian politicians have facilitated the implementation of punitive welfare measures and that these representations have significant implications for recipients’ moral identity and standing. Representations of welfare recipients in political speeches have constructed them as a threat to the economic and moral wellbeing of ordinary Australians. The paper uses critical discourse analysis to analyse the speeches of Howard Government ministers and compares them with recent speeches by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Keyword Discourse
Work ethic
National identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Version of record first published: 15 Nov 2011.

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