The present critical discourse study explores the discursive construction of immigrant identity of
Mohajir/Urdu Speaking people in Pakistan through the analysis of an autobiographic discourse
in the form of My Lifes Journey by Altaf Hussain. Discourse Historical Approach of CDA serves as the theoretical
and analytical framework for this study. This framework is based on themes and discursive strategies. The analysis
of the selected discourse reveals that the interview based autobiography of
the political figure is based on the recurring theme of political
transformation and reconstruction of immigrant identity. The discourse is
also constituted of several discursive strategies; the most prevalent ones are
those of victimization, topos of history, topos of definition and positive self
and negative other presentation. The autobiographical discourse highlights
the transformational phases the immigrant identity of Mohajirs has gone
through. The readers of this discourse under analysis often encounter terms
like parochial difference, biased attitudes, and discrimination.
Fouzia Rehman Khan
Assistant professor, Department of English, Sardar Bahadur khan Womens University, Quetta Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Assistant Professor, Institute of Kashmi Studies, University of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.
Assistant Professor (English), Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University, Wah Cantt, Punjab, Pakistan.