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The Politics of Fear: The shameless normalization of far-right discourse

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Publication date2020
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages360
Editionsecond revised and extended edition
ISBN (Print)9781526499202
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Far-right populist politics have arrived in the mainstream.

We are now witnessing the shameless normalization of a political discourse built around nationalism, xenophobia, racism, sexism, antisemitism and Islamophobia. But what does this change mean? What caused it? And how does far-right populist discourse work?

The Politics of Fear traces the trajectory of far-right politics from the margins of the political landscape to its very centre. It explores the social and historical mechanisms at play, and expertly ties these to the “micro-politics” of far-right language and discourse.

From speeches to cartoons to social media posts, Ruth Wodak systematically analyzes the texts and images used by these groups, laying bare the strategies, rhetoric and half-truths the far-right employ. The revised second edition of this best-selling book includes:
A range of vignettes analyzing specific instances of far-right discourse in detail.
Expanded discussion of the “normalization” of far-right discourse.
A new chapter exploring the challenges to liberal democracy.
An updated glossary of far-right parties and movements.
More discussion of the impact of social media on the rise of the far-right.
Critical, analytical and impassioned, The Politics of Fear is essential reading for anyone looking to understand how far-right and populist politics have moved into the mainstream, and what we can do about it.