Language Aggression in Public Debates on Immigration

ORCID logoAndreas Musolff | University of East Anglia
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The global rise in the number, size and complexity of migration flows has not only resulted in an unprecedented flurry of debates and negotiations about how to deal with it through economic, social, and military policies but also in a huge increase in racist and xenophobic language use and discriminatory discourse. The expression of aggression and hatred in (anti-)immigration debates and its relationship to racism and its pseudo-justification lie at the center of this volume.
Its seven main contributions provide exemplary analyses of European and US debates that instrumentalize anti-immigrant attitudes: on the one hand among far-right populists in Cyprus, in Serbian and Croatian nationalism, and in the Hungarian government’s attempts at legitimizing immigration exclusion, and on the other hand in discourses associated with US-president Trump and his followers, including racists’ tactical denial of racism. Methodologically, all studies pursue corpus-based Critical Discourse Analysis, with foci on lexical, figurative, argumentative and discourse-historical patterns. Together, they show the convergence of populist polemic strategies. Originally published as special issue of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, issue 5:2 (2017).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 102] 2019.  v, 179 pp.
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“Musolff’s collection offers a high-resolution and frightfully accurate image of how discriminatory and xenophobic discourses are used to further political goals in the contemporary world. Placing its sharp critical linguistic lens on the urgent issues of mass migration and refugee crisis on both sides of the Atlantic, it provides a complex and insightful account of the power of language to prompt momentous developments that affect us all.”
“This volume makes a valuable contribution by analyzing different types of data both from qualitative and quantitative approaches.”
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2019. Publications Received. Language in Society 48:5  pp. 803 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019007606 | Marc record