The Justifications of Anti-Immigration Discourse in Pro-Brexit Print Media

Markos Kokkinidis

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This research project explores the justifications of anti-immigration sentiment in pro-Leave British print media during the last four weeks of the 2016 EU Referendum campaign. By incorporating the theoretical underpinnings of the Copenhagen School’s Securitization Theory and Luc Boltanski/Laurent Thévenot's Sociology of Critique, this project develops a new conceptual framework to understand the moral justifications, and thereby the varying understandings of the common good, of securitizing discourses in the public debate. Methodologically, we draw on Critical Discourse Analysis, which we employ on a selection of 21 front-page lead stories which regard the issue of immigration. Our analysis finds that the pro-Leave securitizing discourses are directed against three constructs of ‘Other’; the Government, the EU and the Migrant, in which four standards of worth seem to be particularly significant; a domestic sense of worth, a civic sense of worth, an industrial sense of worth and finally worth associated with public opinion (regime of fame). We argue that such findings are moreover interesting when conceptualized as justifications of the opposition towards the new ‘project’ regime, essentially as resistance to the new ‘Spirit of Capitalism’.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2018
Antal sider55
VejledereKimberly Renée Chopin


  • brexit, sociolinguistics, boltanski, thevenot, justification, critique, securitization