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Far-Right Identities in Italy. An analysis of contemporary Italian Far-Right Parties

Conte, Michele (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The (re)appearance of different Far-Right parties in Italy during the last decades brought me to the decision to write my Master's thesis about this topic. Due to the fact that in this country, together with a long tradition of support for Far-Right ideologies, more than one tipology of Far-Right party exists, an interesting scenario is open for the analysis. I will study the cases of Lega Nord and Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale. As a first step, I will explain the differences that exist between different ideologies in order to classify these political groups, representing the two cases of analysis in the Italian Far-Right spectrum. I will then build a theory for the formation of Far-Right identities departing from a social constructivist... (More)
The (re)appearance of different Far-Right parties in Italy during the last decades brought me to the decision to write my Master's thesis about this topic. Due to the fact that in this country, together with a long tradition of support for Far-Right ideologies, more than one tipology of Far-Right party exists, an interesting scenario is open for the analysis. I will study the cases of Lega Nord and Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale. As a first step, I will explain the differences that exist between different ideologies in order to classify these political groups, representing the two cases of analysis in the Italian Far-Right spectrum. I will then build a theory for the formation of Far-Right identities departing from a social constructivist approach. This theory will be tested in the empirical analysis applied to the two study cases. Finally, I will concentrate on the symbolic resources and the discursive strategies that these political actors use in order to construct shared collective identities and to persuade their audience. The results that I will obtain show that while Lega Nord is a Neo-Populist party, Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale can be considered as Neo-Fascist. Both the two study cases confirm the theory used to describe the process of Far-Right identity formation in Italy. Regarding the symbolic resources and the discursive strategies of the two political actors, the interesting result is that Lega Nord has shown the tendency to modify its rhetoric, as well as the way it communicates its political messages in order to take advantage of the political situation and increase consensus. (Less)
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author
Conte, Michele
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Far-Right identities, Social Constructivism, collective identities, Lega Nord, Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale, Italy, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper
language
English
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1325661
date added to LUP
2006-06-19
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2006-06-19
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  abstract     = {The (re)appearance of different Far-Right parties in Italy during the last decades brought me to the decision to write my Master's thesis about this topic. Due to the fact that in this country, together with a long tradition of support for Far-Right ideologies, more than one tipology of Far-Right party exists, an interesting scenario is open for the analysis. I will study the cases of Lega Nord and Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale. As a first step, I will explain the differences that exist between different ideologies in order to classify these political groups, representing the two cases of analysis in the Italian Far-Right spectrum. I will then build a theory for the formation of Far-Right identities departing from a social constructivist approach. This theory will be tested in the empirical analysis applied to the two study cases. Finally, I will concentrate on the symbolic resources and the discursive strategies that these political actors use in order to construct shared collective identities and to persuade their audience. The results that I will obtain show that while Lega Nord is a Neo-Populist party, Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale can be considered as Neo-Fascist. Both the two study cases confirm the theory used to describe the process of Far-Right identity formation in Italy. Regarding the symbolic resources and the discursive strategies of the two political actors, the interesting result is that Lega Nord has shown the tendency to modify its rhetoric, as well as the way it communicates its political messages in order to take advantage of the political situation and increase consensus.},
  author       = {Conte, Michele},
  keyword      = {Far-Right identities,Social Constructivism,collective identities,Lega Nord,Forza Nuova-Alternativa Sociale,Italy,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Far-Right Identities in Italy. An analysis of contemporary Italian Far-Right Parties},
  year         = {2006},
}