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'The man who hated Britain’: the discursive construction of ‘national unity’ in the Daily Mail

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'The man who hated Britain’ : the discursive construction of ‘national unity’ in the Daily Mail. / Stoegner, Karin; Wodak, Ruth Emily.

In: Critical Discourse Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2016, p. 193-209.

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@article{ae90e41e09944281a940d3b091237257,
title = "'The man who hated Britain{\textquoteright}: the discursive construction of {\textquoteleft}national unity{\textquoteright} in the Daily Mail",
abstract = "In 2013, the British right-wing tabloid Daily Mail triggered a fierce controversy, focused on antisemitism and patriotism/nationalism. It was sparked by the publication of an article on the British economist Ralph Miliband with the provocative headline {\textquoteleft}The man who hated Britain{\textquoteright}. The lead refers to Ed Miliband, then leader of the British Labour Party: {\textquoteleft}Ed Miliband{\textquoteright}s pledge to bring back socialism is homage to his Marxist father. So what did Miliband Snr really believe in? The answer should disturb everyone who loves this country{\textquoteright}. In this paper, we analyse how Ralph Miliband is discursively constructed as a dangerous {\textquoteleft}Other{\textquoteright} and subsequently politically instrumentalised in a campaign against his son, Ed Miliband. We focus on how a particular concept of national unity is constructed with reference to the stereotype of the {\textquoteleft}disloyal, intellectual, international Jew{\textquoteright}. This figure emerges as the {\textquoteleft}Iudeus ex machina{\textquoteright} in the scenario of impending doom in order, we assume, to distract attention from structural issues facing British society and economy. In our analysis we tackle the complex interdependencies of – mostly coded – antisemitic and nationalist rhetoric with the help of an interdisciplinary framework that integrates approaches to antisemitism, nationalism, media studies, and critical discourse studies, and related methodologies.",
keywords = "Antisemitism, nationalism, national identity, Labour Party, UK, Daily Mail, critical discourse-analysis, discourse-historical approach, calculated ambivalence, coded antisemitism",
author = "Karin Stoegner and Wodak, {Ruth Emily}",
note = "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Discourse Studies on 30/10/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17405904.2015.1103764",
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doi = "10.1080/17405904.2015.1103764",
language = "English",
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pages = "193--209",
journal = "Critical Discourse Studies",
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