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Far-right responses to the crisis in Scandinavia

Askanius, Tina LU and Mylonas, Yiannis LU (2013) (Mis)understanding political participation
Abstract
As the crisis maintains its grip in European countries, xenophobic populist parties and fascist groups thrive across the Eurozone. In the Scandinavian context, the crisis is considered a threat to a welfare system based on cultural homogeneity and closed national policies. These ruptures in the protectionist social institutions of the Scandinavian welfare societies have triggered fears of immanent dangers; ”the remnants of the social state are considered as privileges that need to be defended against intruders and strangers” (Bauman, 2004), widespread feelings of social pessimism, and an advent of cultural racist discourses, “reducing the threshold of racist speech in the public sphere” (Lentin and Titley, 2011: 140). Drawing on a... (More)
As the crisis maintains its grip in European countries, xenophobic populist parties and fascist groups thrive across the Eurozone. In the Scandinavian context, the crisis is considered a threat to a welfare system based on cultural homogeneity and closed national policies. These ruptures in the protectionist social institutions of the Scandinavian welfare societies have triggered fears of immanent dangers; ”the remnants of the social state are considered as privileges that need to be defended against intruders and strangers” (Bauman, 2004), widespread feelings of social pessimism, and an advent of cultural racist discourses, “reducing the threshold of racist speech in the public sphere” (Lentin and Titley, 2011: 140). Drawing on a discourse-theoretical framework this project examines how political groups and networks in Denmark and Sweden such as ‘Danish National Front’, ‘Nordfront’, ‘Swedish National League’ and ‘The Swedes Party’ respond to the crisis as an opportunity to fuel anti-immigration discourses and prey on the sentiments of instability and insecurity in the population. This paper focus on how these citizen groups and activist networks engage in different discursive strategies of ‘othering’ based on scapegoats and national stereotypes as ways of understanding and coping with the perceived threats of the crisis. (Less)
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  abstract     = {As the crisis maintains its grip in European countries, xenophobic populist parties and fascist groups thrive across the Eurozone. In the Scandinavian context, the crisis is considered a threat to a welfare system based on cultural homogeneity and closed national policies. These ruptures in the protectionist social institutions of the Scandinavian welfare societies have triggered fears of immanent dangers; ”the remnants of the social state are considered as privileges that need to be defended against intruders and strangers” (Bauman, 2004), widespread feelings of social pessimism, and an advent of cultural racist discourses, “reducing the threshold of racist speech in the public sphere” (Lentin and Titley, 2011: 140). Drawing on a discourse-theoretical framework this project examines how political groups and networks in Denmark and Sweden such as ‘Danish National Front’, ‘Nordfront’, ‘Swedish National League’ and ‘The Swedes Party’ respond to the crisis as an opportunity to fuel anti-immigration discourses and prey on the sentiments of instability and insecurity in the population. This paper focus on how these citizen groups and activist networks engage in different discursive strategies of ‘othering’ based on scapegoats and national stereotypes as ways of understanding and coping with the perceived threats of the crisis.},
  author       = {Askanius, Tina and Mylonas, Yiannis},
  keyword      = {extreme-right,financial crisis},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Far-right responses to the crisis in Scandinavia},
  year         = {2013},
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