Emily Greenbank (PhD Celebration)
Discursive navigation of employable identities in the narratives of former refugees
Navigating the labour market in a new context can be a challenge for any migrant, and particularly so for former refugees. I have taken an interactional sociolinguistic approach to exploring former refugees’ employable identity negotiation in both interviews and authentic workplace interaction. In this presentation I will discuss participants’ cultural and social capital, discursive agency, and navigation of potentially disempowering (capital-D) Discourses of Refugeehood. This study draws attention to the two-way process of resettlement, in which both host society members and newcomers have roles to play in negotiating successful transitions from the peripheries of society to belonging.