Edited by Eliecer Crespo-Fernández
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 92] 2021
► pp. 15–38
In European politics today, the issues of nationalism and populism are attracting considerable research attention. However, most discourse studies have either focused exclusively on far-right politics, or have looked at populism at both extremes of the political spectrum. In this chapter, I approach the discursive representation of the nation and the people from an exploratory, comparative perspective informed by corpus assisted discourse studies, drawing on mixed methodology, and focusing on the politics of Great Britain. My corpus contains six 2017 election manifestos: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, Scottish National Party, and Plaid Cymru. Principled searches are conducted for references to nations, national groups and people/citizens, which are then analysed qualitatively in a contrastive perspective.