The current study investigates how asylum-seeking African women use talk about emotion to construct empowered roles for themselves. A discourse analysis was conducted on interviews with African asylum-seeking women. Participants used two interacting repertoires, ‘rejecting pity’ and ‘being strong’, to resist inferior positions. By constructing themselves as strong and not needing pity, participants positioned themselves as in control of their lives, and thus presented as responsible and capable mothers, a role they are accountable for. Clinical implications and findings for future research are discussed.
Clare, Maria; Goodman, Simon; Liebling, Helen; and Laing, Hannah
"You Keep Yourself Strong": A Discourse Analysis of African Women Asylum Seekers' Talk about Emotions.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 15(1), 83-95.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol15/iss1/6