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The “Establishment”, the “Élites”, and the “People”: Who’s who?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Language and Politics
Issue number4
Volume16
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)551-565
<mark>State</mark>Published
Early online date27/06/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In this paper, I discuss the attempt by all right-wing populist parties to create, on the one hand, the ‘real’ and ‘true’ people; and on the other, the ‘élites’ or ‘the establishment’ who are excluded from the true demos. Such divisions, as will be elaborated in detail, have emerged in many societies over centuries and decades. A brief example of the arbitrary construction of opposing groups illustrates the intricacies of such populist reasoning. Furthermore, I pose the question why such divisions resonate so well in many countries? I argue that – apart from a politics of fear ( Wodak 2015 ) – much resentment is evoked which could be viewed as both accompanying as well as a reaction to the disenchantment with politics and the growing inequalities in globalized capitalist societies.

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This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Language and Politics, Volume 16, Issue 4, 2017, pages: 551-565, © 2017 John Benjamins, the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.