When migrant status and citizenship are defined by means of state categories, the language of inclusion and exclusion is key to an understanding of their contemporary shape and historical transformation. This introductory article provides an overview of some of the most relevant concepts in the discourse analysis of in- and exclusion, specifically with a view to the functioning of nation-state categories. It discusses forms of discursive problematization, such as defining, claiming, legitimizing, expanding, sensationalization and suggestion, and it connects these to the discursive drawing of boundaries discussed by the authors contributing to this issue. They focus on discursive constructions of 'illegality', race, class, gender, immigrant integration and transnationalism. We argue that, as state categorizations continuously differ, both the historical analysis of their genesis, functioning and transformation and the contemporary analysis of their effectuation in practices are crucial to an understanding of in- and exclusion.

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Keywords categorization, citizenship, discourse analysis, immigration, inclusion/exclusion, problematization
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2013.783711, hdl.handle.net/1765/41154
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies
Schrover, M, & Schinkel, W. (2013). Introduction: The language of inclusion and exclusion in the context of immigration and integration. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(7), 1123–1141. doi:10.1080/01419870.2013.783711