Chapter 9 Parasitic Breeding Herds

The Representation of Syrian Refugees on Turkish Social Media

In: Like an Animal: Critical Animal Studies Approaches to Borders, Displacement, and Othering
Author:
Sezen Ergin Zengin
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Abstract

Sezen Ergin Zengin examines the use of animal metaphors in Turkish social media. Drawing on the theory of conceptual metaphor, denigrating views on Syrians refugees are presented through five grounds of the REFUGEES ARE ANIMALS metaphor, namely being inferior, breeding rapidly, being out of control, exploiting resources, and being uncivilized. This metaphorical account provides insight into how ideas of inferiority based on race, gender and species are connected in the human mind. This complex conceptualization also reflects culture-specific patterns of thought, as shown by the abundance of stray dog metaphors.

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