This research group explores the representation of diversity, race and identity in a wide range of globalised local contexts. We draw on anthropology, sociology and cultural studies and, in a number of our projects, develop interdisciplinary approaches to discourse analysis, to explore the following kinds of questions.
One focus of these questions is the discursive practices in each domain which actively construct social identities, social relations and systems of knowledge and belief.
There is an urgent need for research which explores the dynamics of the discourses of inequality enabling constructive interventions into policy and community contexts based on sound research and strategic partnerships. We have made a number of contributions to policy around these issues.
Major funded research project topics include asylum seekers, refugees and the Welsh media. Funding bodies include the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Oxfam and the BBC.
Many of our research projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with other Schools at Cardiff and members of the group also contribute to research within JOMEC focusing on ‘Mediatized conflict’, ‘Journalism studies research’ and ‘Risk, Science, Health and the Media’.
We also have strong links with colleagues both nationally and internationally and the School attracts Visiting Fellows from all over the world.