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Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation

Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation ARTICLES Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation IAN FITZGERALD Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne ** RAFAL SMOCZYNSKI Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Abstract: This article examines British societal reactions to Polish migrant workers using a framework that combines recent developments of the moral panic concept informed by the sociology of moral regulation and risk govern- ance studies. Given the multi-mediated nature of contemporary moral pan- ics and in contrast to conventional analysis focusing on newspaper coverage this article is based on Polish migrants’ self-reported experiences. Moral panic claims-making about Polish workers ‘taking British jobs’ and ‘abusing Brit- ish social benefi ts’ are perceived by the respondents themselves. Our anal- ysis is in line with Sean Hier’s conceptualisations of the interplay between individualised risk management and moral panic claims-making, which are manifestations of confl ictual sites of the contemporary neo-liberal project of prudentialism. The article argues that the anti-Polish migrant campaign in Britain after 2004, which dramatised Polish migrants as ‘stealing the jobs’ of the native population, cannot be properly analysed as an irrational ethnic bias or an elite-engineering panic but is rather an expression of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Czech Sociological Review Unpaywall

Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation

Czech Sociological ReviewJun 1, 2015
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ARTICLES Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation IAN FITZGERALD Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne ** RAFAL SMOCZYNSKI Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Abstract: This article examines British societal reactions to Polish migrant workers using a framework that combines recent developments of the moral panic concept informed by the sociology of moral regulation and risk govern- ance studies. Given the multi-mediated nature of contemporary moral pan- ics and in contrast to conventional analysis focusing on newspaper coverage this article is based on Polish migrants’ self-reported experiences. Moral panic claims-making about Polish workers ‘taking British jobs’ and ‘abusing Brit- ish social benefi ts’ are perceived by the respondents themselves. Our anal- ysis is in line with Sean Hier’s conceptualisations of the interplay between individualised risk management and moral panic claims-making, which are manifestations of confl ictual sites of the contemporary neo-liberal project of prudentialism. The article argues that the anti-Polish migrant campaign in Britain after 2004, which dramatised Polish migrants as ‘stealing the jobs’ of the native population, cannot be properly analysed as an irrational ethnic bias or an elite-engineering panic but is rather an expression of

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Published: Jun 1, 2015

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