Populism in political cartoons : caricatures of Nordic populist leaders

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Herkman , J 2019 , ' Populism in political cartoons : caricatures of Nordic populist leaders ' , Popular communication : the international journal of media and culture , vol. 17 , no. 3 , pp. 252-267 . https://doi.org/10.1080/15405702.2019.1614183

Title: Populism in political cartoons : caricatures of Nordic populist leaders
Author: Herkman, Juha
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Media and Communication Studies
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Popular communication : the international journal of media and culture
ISSN: 1540-5710
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321723
Abstract: This article analyses political cartoons that depict contemporary populist politicians in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden between 2005 and 2015, a period which focuses on the electoral successes of these movements. The hypothesis is that by analyzing cartoons we can explore the underlying moral and normative confrontations linked to current political populism in the Nordic liberal democracies, which arose during the insurgent phase of the domestic right-wing parties. In total, 60 political cartoons are analyzed by means of content categorization and visual semiotics. The most popular caricatures in the cartoons depicted the leaders of the populist parties, while the most common signifiers linked the populism in the cartoons explicitly to fascism, Nazism, nativism, and racism. In this, the cartoons differed from news journalism, reflecting the specific role of cartoons in public opinion discourse and indicating special characteristics that derive from particular political contexts and also the cartoonists' own perspectives.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
populism
political cartoons
Nordic countries
visual semiotics
life cycle model
moral order
HUMOR
MEDIA
RIGHT PARTIES
SCANDALS
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