Social Media and the Emergence, Establishment and Transformation of the Right-Wing Populist Finns Party

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Ylä-Anttila , T 2020 , ' Social Media and the Emergence, Establishment and Transformation of the Right-Wing Populist Finns Party ' , Populism , vol. 3 , no. 1 , pp. 121-139 . https://doi.org/10.1163/25888072-02021043

Title: Social Media and the Emergence, Establishment and Transformation of the Right-Wing Populist Finns Party
Author: Ylä-Anttila, Tuukka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Sociology
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Populism
ISSN: 2588-8064
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317310
Abstract: This paper assesses the significance of social media for the Finns Party and the related anti-immigration movement from 2007 to the present day, in light of theories on the relationship of populism and social media. These include people-centrism, disenfranchisement, homophily, the attention economy, media elitism, and (lack of) communicative resources. Tracing the historical trajectory of the Finnish anti-immigration movement and the Finns Party, I argue that the Finnish case is an example of a movement being born online and using social media to build a political identity and strategically gain influence through a party, eventually transforming it from the inside out—rather than the party strategically using social media for its purposes, as is sometimes assumed in party-centric literature. While acknowledging the continued importance of parties, research on contemporary populist movements must take into account the political engagement of citizens facilitated by online media.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
populism
Finns Party
social media
online media
countermedia
alternative media
anti-immigration
right-wing populism
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