Imagining the Peoples of Europe

Populist discourses across the political spectrum

ORCID logoJan Zienkowski | Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
ORCID logoRuth Breeze | University of Navarra
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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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“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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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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:  2019017280 | Marc record