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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.

Theories and Definitions: The Politics of Identity
Theories and Definitions: The Politics of Identity

‘In twenty-six definitions of right-wing extremism that can be derived from the literature no less than fifty-eight different features are mentioned at least once.’

Cas Mudde (2000, 11)
Typologies and Definitions

While investigating right-wing populist politics and rhetoric, it quickly becomes obvious that a vast number of different theories, definitions and typologies exist that attempt describing, categorizing and making sense of the recent success of such parties and movements. Before embarking on my empirical studies, it is, of course, important to consider relevant theories developed in the political sciences and sociology inasmuch as they attempt to explain the complex phenomenon of ‘the rise ...

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