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Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean

by Ruth Wodak Sage Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
10/2015
ISBN:
9781446247006
Format:
Pbk 256 pages
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Populist right-wing politics is moving centre-stage, with some parties reaching the very top of the electoral ladder: but do we know why, and why now?

In this book Ruth Wodak traces the trajectories of such parties from the margins of the political landscape to its centre, to understand and explain how they are transforming from fringe voices to persuasive political actors who set the agenda and frame media debates. Laying bare the normalisation of nationalistic, xenophobic, racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, she builds a new framework for this ‘politics of fear’ that is entrenching new social divides of nation, gender and body.

The result reveals the micro-politics of right-wing populism: how discourses, genres, images and texts are performed and manipulated in both formal and also everyday contexts with profound consequences. This book is a must-read for scholars and students of linguistics, media and politics wishing to understand these dynamics that are re-shaping our political space.
READERSHIP: Upper level students and researchers across media, communication, discourse, politics, and popular culture.

Chapter 1: Populism and Politics: Transgressing Norms and Taboos
Chapter 2: Theories and Definitions: The Politics of Identity
Chapter 3: Borders and the People: The Politics of Exclusion
Chapter 4: Language and Identity: The Politics of Nationalism
Chapter 5: Antisemitism: The Politics of Denial
Chapter 6: Performance and the Media: The Politics of Charisma
Chapter 7: Gender and the Body Politic: The Politics of Patriarchy
Chapter 8: Mainstreaming: The Normalization of Exclusion

Professor Wodak's new book continues a long and eminent trajectory of research on racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and patriarchy. This specific book is especially timely because it describes and explains in great detail the discursive and social mechanisms of the growing influence of extremist right-wing ideologies, policies and politics in Europe. This is Critical Discourse Analysis at its best. Teun A van Dijk, Professor of Discourse Studies, Rio de Jeneiro Teun A van Dijk, Professor of Discourse Studies, Rio de Jeneiro This is an outstanding book. Ruth Wodak has managed to address a very wide range of countries, right-wing parties and political genres, but without sacrificing detailed and rigorous analysis. Vital reading, for students and scholars of politics and critical discourse analysis. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. John Richardson, Reader in Critical Discourse
Ruth Wodak is Chair ofDiscourse studies at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University. She is Director of theresearch centre aDiscourse, Politics and Identitya at the Department ofLinguistics, University of Vienna. Ruth isco-editor of SAGEas Discourse and Society,editor of Critical Discourse Studiesand also editor of the journal of Language and Politics. She edits the bookseries Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (DAPSAC).