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From Post-Truth to Post-Shame: Analyzing Far-right Populist Rhetoric

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Publication date15/11/2021
Host publicationApproaches to Discourse Analysis
EditorsCynthia Gordon
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherGeorgetown University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781647121112
ISBN (Print)9781647121105
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Far-right populist actors, parties, and movements, across Europe and beyond, draw on and combine different political imaginaries and different traditions; evoke (and construct) different nationalist pasts in the form of identity narratives; and emphasize a range of different issues in everyday politics. Some parties gain support via flaunting an ambivalent relationship with fascist and Nazi pasts (e.g., in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and France); some parties focus primarily on one or two issues, such as the perceived threat from Islam (e.g., in the Netherlands, Denmark,
Austria, Germany, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland); some parties primarily stress a perceived danger to their national identities from ethnic minorities (e.g., in Hungary, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom); and some parties primarily endorse a traditional Christian (fundamentalist) conservative-reactionary agenda (e.g., in the United States, Poland, and Russia). In their free-for-all rush for votes, most far-right parties evidently pursue several such strategies at once, depending on the specific audience and context; thus, the aforementioned distinctions are primarily of an analytic nature.