Populist right-wing politics is moving centre-stage, with some parties reaching the very top of the electoral ladder: but do we know why, and why now?
In this book Ruth Wodak traces the trajectories of such parties from the margins of the political landscape to its centre, to understand and explain how they are transforming from fringe voices to persuasive political actors who set the agenda and frame media debates. Laying bare the normalization of nationalistic, xenophobic, racist and antisemitic rhetoric, she builds a new framework for this ‘politics of fear’ that is entrenching new social divides of nation, gender and body.
The result reveals the micro-politics of right-wing populism: how discourses, genres, images and texts are performed and manipulated in both formal and also everyday contexts with profound consequences. This book is a must-read for scholars and students of linguistics, media and politics wishing to understand these dynamics that are re-shaping our political space.
Ruth Wodak is Chair of Discourse studies at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University. She is Director of the research centre ‘Discourse, Politics and Identity’ at the Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna. Ruth is co-editor of SAGE’s Discourse and Society, editor of Critical Discourse Studies and also editor of the journal of Language and Politics. She edits the book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture (DAPSAC).
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