The (pro)long(ed) life of a “grand narrative”: the case of Internet forum discussions on post-2004 Polish migration to the United Kingdom

Aleksandra Galasińska , Anna Horolets


The latest wave of migration from Poland to the European Union is unprecedented in its scale. The changed economic and political circumstances of migration trigger the changes in the lived experience of migration as well as its perceptions. Yet, the “grand narrative” of economic migration that was a product of migrant experiences in previous epochs has not disappeared in the new circumstances. This article presents the voices in the debate about post-2004 migration that strongly rely on the “grand narrative” and thereby undermine the uniqueness of this wave of migration. Using the corpus containing postings from one of the leading Polish quality daily newspaper's Internet forum (2005–2010) as data, we analyze the macro-topics and argumentative strategies of contemporary articulations of the economic migration “grand narrative.” We suggest that the resilience of the hegemonic narrative of migration is caused by its being enmeshed in the multi-vector logic of post-1989 systemic transformation.
Author Aleksandra Galasińska
Aleksandra Galasińska,,
, Anna Horolets (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
Anna Horolets,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesText & Talk, ISSN 1860-7330, (A 20 pkt)
Issue year2012
VolVolume 32, Issue 2
Publication size in sheets0
ASJC Classification3310 Linguistics and Language; 1211 Philosophy; 3315 Communication; 1203 Language and Linguistics
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 1.094; WoS Impact Factor: 2012 = 0.397 (2) - 2012=0.663 (5)
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