Conditions of cultural citizenship: intersections of gender, race and age in public debates on family migration
Horsti, K., & Pellander, S. (2015). Conditions of cultural citizenship: intersections of gender, race and age in public debates on family migration. Citizenship Studies, 19 (6-7), 751-767. doi:10.1080/13621025.2015.1008998
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This article analyses problem framings in public debates on family migration in Finland. The study focuses on the less-examined category of age and how it intersects with gender, race and religion. We examine the discursive context within which parliamentarians and the media negotiate questions of migration policies, belonging and citizenship. Our analysis identifies problem framings by combining frame analysis with the ‘What is the problem represented to be?’ approach, which understands policies as problematizations. We found that the debates held up the rather common notion of vulnerable women and children as groups that tighter family migration policies protect. The debates excluded certain racialized migrant families from cultural citizenship. Simultaneously, however, the public debate ‘whitewashed’ other families to make them suitable for inclusion. Here, the right to care for elderly family members played a central part in negotiations over cultural citizenship.