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"We" is as true as "them"

Oral, Atalay LU (2017) STVK02 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This study uses Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory to explore how ethnic identities are constructed by the Swedish Left party. The purpose is to examine if there is a political force that can resist ethnic nationalist mobilizations. A hypothesis is also formulated in the study to test if Left wing parties construct ethnic majority’s ethnic identity in constraining terms and the identity’s of minority’s in more free terms. Left wing parties are operationalized with Thomas Sowell’s theory on political visions. The result of the hypothesis is that the minority is constructed as free to choose their ethnic identity but no real construction of the majority’s ethnicity was found in the study. Therefore the hypothesis was falsified. But the... (More)
This study uses Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory to explore how ethnic identities are constructed by the Swedish Left party. The purpose is to examine if there is a political force that can resist ethnic nationalist mobilizations. A hypothesis is also formulated in the study to test if Left wing parties construct ethnic majority’s ethnic identity in constraining terms and the identity’s of minority’s in more free terms. Left wing parties are operationalized with Thomas Sowell’s theory on political visions. The result of the hypothesis is that the minority is constructed as free to choose their ethnic identity but no real construction of the majority’s ethnicity was found in the study. Therefore the hypothesis was falsified. But the study was able to demonstrate how the Left party constructed the minorities as both ethnic and as free to choose their identities. The majority group was, however, not constructed ethnically as much as the minority group. (Less)
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This study uses Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory to explore how ethnic identities are constructed by the Swedish Left party. The purpose is to examine if there is a political force that can resist ethnic nationalist mobilizations. A hypothesis is also formulated in the study to test if Left wing parties construct ethnic majority’s ethnic identity in constraining terms and the identity’s of minority’s in more free terms. Left wing parties are operationalized with Thomas Sowell’s theory on political visions. The result of the hypothesis is that the minority is constructed as free to choose their ethnic identity but no real construction of the majority’s ethnicity was found in the study. Therefore the hypothesis was falsified. But the... (More)
This study uses Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory to explore how ethnic identities are constructed by the Swedish Left party. The purpose is to examine if there is a political force that can resist ethnic nationalist mobilizations. A hypothesis is also formulated in the study to test if Left wing parties construct ethnic majority’s ethnic identity in constraining terms and the identity’s of minority’s in more free terms. Left wing parties are operationalized with Thomas Sowell’s theory on political visions. The result of the hypothesis is that the minority is constructed as free to choose their ethnic identity but no real construction of the majority’s ethnicity was found in the study. Therefore the hypothesis was falsified. But the study was able to demonstrate how the Left party constructed the minorities as both ethnic and as free to choose their identities. The majority group was, however, not constructed ethnically as much as the minority group. (Less)
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Oral, Atalay LU
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STVK02 20171
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Laclau, mouffe, Sowell, discourse, ethnicity, identity, left, unconstrained vision, Sweden, Vänsterpartiet
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English
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8907714
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  abstract     = {This study uses Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse theory to explore how ethnic identities are constructed by the Swedish Left party. The purpose is to examine if there is a political force that can resist ethnic nationalist mobilizations. A hypothesis is also formulated in the study to test if Left wing parties construct ethnic majority’s ethnic identity in constraining terms and the identity’s of minority’s in more free terms. Left wing parties are operationalized with Thomas Sowell’s theory on political visions. The result of the hypothesis is that the minority is constructed as free to choose their ethnic identity but no real construction of the majority’s ethnicity was found in the study. Therefore the hypothesis was falsified. But the study was able to demonstrate how the Left party constructed the minorities as both ethnic and as free to choose their identities. The majority group was, however, not constructed ethnically as much as the minority group.},
  author       = {Oral, Atalay},
  keyword      = {Laclau,mouffe,Sowell,discourse,ethnicity,identity,left,unconstrained vision,Sweden,Vänsterpartiet},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"We" is as true as "them"},
  year         = {2017},
}