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

Titel: The Discursive Denial of Racism by Finnish Populist Radical Right Politicians Accused of Anti-Muslim Hate-Speech
Författare: Pettersson, Katarina
Medarbetare: Norocel, Ov Cristian
Hellström, Anders
Bak Jørgensen, Martin
Upphovmannens organisation: Swedish School of Social Science
Social Psychology
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Social Psychologists Studying Intergroup Relations (ESSO)
Everyday thinking and arguing
Utgivare: Springer
Datum: 2020-06-03
Språk: eng
Sidantal: 16
Tillhör serie: Nostalgia and Hope
Tillhör serie: IMISCOE Research Series
ISBN: 978-3-030-41693-5
978-3-030-41694-2
ISSN: 2364-4087
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41694-2_3
Permanenta länken (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317142
Abstrakt: 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
Referentgranskad: Ja
Licens: cc_by
Användningsbegränsning: openAccess
Parallelpublicerad version: publishedVersion


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