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Svenskhet som politisk mobilisering

Edling, Staffan LU (2016) STVK02 20161
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Social identity is a well established concept in social psychology, and nationality as social identity has been theorised to function as a powerful tool for political mobilisation in democratic elections. With this in mind, the purpose of this text is to analyse how the Swedish far-right political party the Sweden Democrats constructs the social identity Swede. To this end, a discourse analysis of their political platform from 2011 was conducted. The material was divided into three principal themes, which were analysed separately and in interaction with each other, with a specific focus on cultural racism and islamophobia. The platform was found to construct Swedishness as intrinsically liberal- democratic, and to construct Islam as... (More)
Social identity is a well established concept in social psychology, and nationality as social identity has been theorised to function as a powerful tool for political mobilisation in democratic elections. With this in mind, the purpose of this text is to analyse how the Swedish far-right political party the Sweden Democrats constructs the social identity Swede. To this end, a discourse analysis of their political platform from 2011 was conducted. The material was divided into three principal themes, which were analysed separately and in interaction with each other, with a specific focus on cultural racism and islamophobia. The platform was found to construct Swedishness as intrinsically liberal- democratic, and to construct Islam as incompatible with Swedish culture, with the implication that Islam is anti-democratic and anti-liberal. This reflects one of the main themes of contemporary islamophobia. The platform also constructs nationality as a fixed identity, which combined with distinct cultural attributes is an expression of cultural racism. (Less)
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author
Edling, Staffan LU
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organization
course
STVK02 20161
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Sverigedemokraterna, politisk psykologi, diskursanalys, nationalism, svenskhet, social identitet
language
Swedish
id
8868484
date added to LUP
2016-04-19 13:27:31
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2016-04-19 13:27:31
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  abstract     = {Social identity is a well established concept in social psychology, and nationality as social identity has been theorised to function as a powerful tool for political mobilisation in democratic elections. With this in mind, the purpose of this text is to analyse how the Swedish far-right political party the Sweden Democrats constructs the social identity Swede. To this end, a discourse analysis of their political platform from 2011 was conducted. The material was divided into three principal themes, which were analysed separately and in interaction with each other, with a specific focus on cultural racism and islamophobia. The platform was found to construct Swedishness as intrinsically liberal- democratic, and to construct Islam as incompatible with Swedish culture, with the implication that Islam is anti-democratic and anti-liberal. This reflects one of the main themes of contemporary islamophobia. The platform also constructs nationality as a fixed identity, which combined with distinct cultural attributes is an expression of cultural racism.},
  author       = {Edling, Staffan},
  keyword      = {Sverigedemokraterna,politisk psykologi,diskursanalys,nationalism,svenskhet,social identitet},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Svenskhet som politisk mobilisering},
  year         = {2016},
}