The Discursive Denial of Racism by Finnish Populist Radical Right Politicians Accused of Anti-Muslim Hate-Speech

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Pettersson , K 2020 , The Discursive Denial of Racism by Finnish Populist Radical Right Politicians Accused of Anti-Muslim Hate-Speech . in O C Norocel , A Hellström & M Bak Jørgensen (eds) , Nostalgia and Hope : Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration in Europe . IMISCOE Research Series , Springer , Cham , pp. 35-50 . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41694-2_3

Title: The Discursive Denial of Racism by Finnish Populist Radical Right Politicians Accused of Anti-Muslim Hate-Speech
Author: Pettersson, Katarina
Editor: Norocel, Ov Cristian; Hellström, Anders; Bak Jørgensen, Martin
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
Publisher: Springer
Date: 2020-06-03
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Nostalgia and Hope Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration in Europe
Belongs to series: IMISCOE Research Series
ISBN: 978-3-030-41693-5
978-3-030-41694-2
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317142
Abstract: This chapter explores Finnish populist radical right politicians’ discursive denials of racism against Muslims following the 2015 European “refugee crisis”. The critical discursive psychological analysis of the politicians’ Facebook accounts identifies four ways in which racism was denied: first, through constructing the statements as mere displays of undisputable facts and common-sense; second, through personal narratives and ontological gerrymandering that acted as ‘proof’ of the politician’s non-racist disposition; third, through transferring the discussion from issues about race to concern matters of cultural threats; and, fourth, through reversing racism to the politicians’ political antagonists. The analyses show that in their discursive denial of racist hate-speech against Muslims, the Finnish politicians relied more on cultural arguments than welfare-protectionist ones. That is, the denials were primarily warranted through nostalgic references to Finnish national identity, people and values, and rhetorical promises that the hope of saving these rests on resisting the cultural threat posed by Islam.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
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