Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation

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Title:Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation
Creators:
Fitzgerald, Ian
Smoczynski, Rafal; rsmoczyn at ifi span dot waw dot pl
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 51, 3, pp. 339-362
Uncontrolled Keywords:Polish migrants, moral panic, employment insecurities, moral regulations

Abstract

This article examines British societal reactions to Polish migrant workers using a framework that combines recent developments of the moral panic concept informed by the sociology of moral regulation and risk governance studies. Given the multi-mediated nature of contemporary moral panics and in contrast to conventional analysis focusing on newspaper coverage this article is based on Polish migrants’ self-reported experiences. Moral panic claims making about Polish workers ‘taking British jobs’ and ‘abusing British social benefits’ are perceived by the respondents themselves. Our analysis is in line with Sean Hier’s conceptualisations of the interplay between individualised risk management and moral panic claims-making, which are manifestations of conflictual sites of the contemporary neo-liberal project of prudentialism. The article argues that the anti-Polish migrant campaign in Britain after 2004, which dramatised Polish migrants as ‘stealing the jobs’ of the native population, cannot be properly analysed as an irrational ethnic bias or an elite-engineering panic but is rather an expression of the destabilising effects of employment insecurities within Western risk societies.

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Title:Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation
Creators:
Fitzgerald, Ian
Smoczynski, Rafal; rsmoczyn at ifi span dot waw dot pl
Uncontrolled Keywords:Polish migrants, moral panic, employment insecurities, moral regulations
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:51
Number:3
Page Range:pp. 339-362
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
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ID Code:8448
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:27 Aug 2015 18:36
Last Modified:27 Aug 2015 16:36

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Fitzgerald, Ian; Smoczynski, Rafal (2015) Anti-Polish Migrant Moral Panic in the UK: Rethinking Employment Insecurities and Moral Regulation. Czech Sociological Review, 51 (3). pp. 339-362. ISSN 0038-0288

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