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Synergy I: Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation and Existence in Literature

Edited By A.Nejat Töngür and Yıldıray Çevik

Studies on the distinguished works of English and American literature of various genres like poetry, plays and fiction are included in this book focusing on and around the central themes of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence.” The aim of the book is to investigate the issues of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence” within the frameworks of gender, colonization, multiculturalism, religion, race, generation gap, politics, technology, immigration, and class.

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XIII: MIGRATION: DISCRIMINATION, XENOPHOBIA AND VIOLENCE IN MULTICULTURAL BRITAIN IN MAGGIE GEE’S THE WHITE FAMILY (Zeynep Rana TURGUT)

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Zeynep Rana TURGUT

Abstract: Along with the mid-20th century many colonies gained independence, and consequently, Britain has become a multicultural society as thousands of formerly colonised subjects migrated to the country. Immigrants believed in the idea of a mother country which would provide them with home, security, job opportunities and a prosperous future ultimately. With people from countries all around the world, a multicultural and multi-coloured society has been constructed. However, parallel to the increasing number of immigrants, especially young blacks, wandering in the streets, the British have developed a reaction against them as they think they are the cause of violence prevailing in the society. Another reason for the reaction is nostalgia for the old England which was less coloured. Thus, a great majority of British people have become xenophobic. Consequently, this feeling of xenophobia gives way to a rise in nationalistic fervour in young Britons who “otherise” immigrants from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-cultural background. Maggie Gee’s The White Family foregrounds the theme of xenophobia, in particular. The title family, “the Whites,” might be seen as a microcosm reflecting the British macrocosm wherein close social and familial ties are weakened almost to the degree of disintegration. Each member of the White family has a different approach to immigrants to the country. The major concern of this essay is the pathos underlying Maggie Gee’s portrayal of the multicultural Britain wherein xenophobia prevails, and the author’s anti-racist stance against the rising waves of nationalism.

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