Imagining the Peoples of Europe

Populist discourses across the political spectrum

| Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
| University of Navarra
ISBN 9789027203489 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027262257 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The political landscape in Europe is currently going through a phase of rapid change. New actors and movements that claim to represent 'the will of the people' are attracting considerable public attention, with dramatic consequences for election outcomes. This volume explores the new political order with a particular focus on discursive constructions of 'the people' and the category of populism across the spectrum. It shows how a unitary representation of 'the people' is a central element in a vast range of very diverse political discourses today, acting to anchor identities and project antagonisms in a multitude of settings. The chapters in this book explore commonality and contrast in representations of ‘the people’ in both radical and mainstream political movements, looking in depth at recent political discourses in the European sphere. The authors draw on approaches ranging from Essex-style discourse theory over critical discourse studies, corpus analysis and linguistic pragmatics, to investigate how historically situated categories such as the people and populism become fixed through local linguistic, textual and narrative practices as well as through wider ideological and discursive patterns.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Imagining populism and the peoples of Europe
Jan Zienkowski and Ruth Breeze
Chapter 1. The populist political logic and the analysis of the discursive construction of ‘the people’ and ‘the elite’
Benjamin De Cleen
Chapter 2. A dialogue on populism? A study of intellectual discourse about populism in the Brexit debate in Italy and the UK
Chiara Degano and Federico Giulio Sicurella
Chapter 3. European populism(s) as a counter-hegemonic discourse? The rise of Podemos and M5S in the wake of the crisis
Arthur Borriello and Samuele Mazzolini
Chapter 4. Islamic conservative populism in Turkey: The case of the AKP
Hariye M. Özen
Chapter 5. The articulation of ‘the people’ in the discourse of Podemos
Nicolina Montesano Montessori and Esperanza Morales-López
Chapter 6. Building left-wing populism in Denmark: Moving far away from the right
Óscar García Agustín
Chapter 7. Performing ‘the people’? The populist style of politics in the German PEGIDA-movement
Andreas Önnerfors
Chapter 8. The discursive construction of the people in European political discourse: Semantics and pragmatics of a contested concept in German, French, and British parliamentary debates
Naomi Truan
Chapter 9. Standing up for ‘real people’: UKIP, the Brexit, and discursive strategies on Twitter
Samuel Bennett
Chapter 10. “The people” in the discourse of the Romanian government and opposition: Between populism and the quest for democracy
Raluca Mihaela Levonian
Chapter 11. The Volk (‘people’) and its modes of representation by Alternative für Deutschland-AfD (‘Alternative for Germany’)
Miguel Ayerbe Linares
Chapter 12. Measuring people-centrism in populist political discourse: A linguistic approach
Maarten van Leeuwen
Chapter 13. Populist discursive strategies surrounding the immigration quota referendum in Hungary
Bálint Péter Furkó
Concluding remarks: Appealing to the people
Ruth Breeze and Jan Zienkowski
“This volume underlines several highly important issues in the study of populism and populist discourses. [...] The editors of this volume are to be complimented for achieving a broad theoretical homogeneity of the chapters [...]. A further positive feature of this volume is a productive connection between the individual articles, so that the edited volume is not only a collection of articles, but also a discursive exchange between the individual authors.”
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Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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ONIX 2.1
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019017280 | Marc record