Populist knowledge : ‘Post-truth’ repertoires of contesting epistemic authorities

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Sociology en
dc.contributor.author Ylä-Anttila, Tuukka Salu Santeri
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-04T09:15:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-04T09:15:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Ylä-Anttila , T S S 2018 , ' Populist knowledge : ‘Post-truth’ repertoires of contesting epistemic authorities ' , European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology , vol. 5 , no. 4 . https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2017.1414620 en
dc.identifier.issn 2325-4823
dc.identifier.other PURE: 101029083
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 94dc7fa9-4ec6-4608-a6de-9bc9f092454f
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85052055989
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-3784-3306/work/66563572
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/270219
dc.description.abstract ‘Post-truth politics’, particularly as manifested in ‘fake news’ spread by countermedia, is claimed to be endemic to contemporary populism. I argue that the relationship between knowledge and populism needs a more nuanced analysis. Many have noted that populism valorises ‘common sense’ over expertise. But another populist strategy is counterknowledge, proposing politically charged alternative knowledge authorities in the stead of established ones. I analyse countermedia in Finland, where they have played a part in the rise of right-wing populism, using a combination of computational and interpretive methods. In my data, right-wing populists advocate counterknowledge; they profess belief in truth achievable by inquiry, not by mainstream experts but alternative ones. This is a different knowledge orientation from the valorisation of ‘common sense’, and there is reason to believe it is somewhat specific to contemporary right-wing anti-immigration populism. Populism’s epistemologies are multifaceted but often absolutist, as is populism’s relationship to power and democracy. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology
dc.rights en
dc.subject 517 Political science en
dc.subject countermedia en
dc.subject Finland en
dc.subject gender en
dc.subject knowledge en
dc.subject populism en
dc.subject topic modelling en
dc.title Populist knowledge : ‘Post-truth’ repertoires of contesting epistemic authorities en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/23254823.2017.1414620
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
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