The Production of Intersubjective Certainty in the Early West German Refugee Movement

The following text analyses the emerging West German refugee movement of the early 1980s. The thesis is that the movement of that time successfully responded to an only recently established narrative – that refugees were a threat to the German social security system – with a strong counter-narrative...

Author: Kewes, Andreas
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2019
Date of publication on miami:11.04.2019
Modification date:16.04.2019
Source:Proceedings of the 2018 ZiF Workshop “Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis”, S. 14
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Source:Matthias Hoesch/Lena Laube (eds.): Proceedings of the 2018 ZiF Workshop “Studying Migration Policies at the Interface between Empirical Research and Normative Analysis”, 51-69. DOI: 10.17879/85189704253
Subjects:Asyl; Empirische Forschung; Deutschland; Flüchtlingsbewegung asylum; empirical research; Germany; refugee movement
DDC Subject:172: Politische Ethik
325: Internationale Migration, Kolonisation
License:CC BY-SA 4.0
Language:English
Format:PDF document
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-95189440434
Permalink:http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-95189440434
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.17879/95189440086
Digital documents:artikel_kewes_2019_intersubjective-certainty.pdf

The following text analyses the emerging West German refugee movement of the early 1980s. The thesis is that the movement of that time successfully responded to an only recently established narrative – that refugees were a threat to the German social security system – with a strong counter-narrative. The text emphasises the role that events organised by civil society in Hamburg, Hanover, Berlin and southern Germany play in the production of certainty for this counter-narrative. Society’s approach to forced migration is understood in this text as one that is constantly being renegotiated and re-created. This paper therefore takes a cultural sociological perspective and gives specific consideration to social movements and local migration regimes. The main finding of the paper is that the establishment of the counter-narrative was successful because of the local nature of the protests. The paper is based on an empirical study of grey literature of social movements and relevant specialist literature.