NYHET | 10 mar 2021

New Special Issue highlights connection between uncivility, racism, and populism

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A new Special Issue of Nordicom Review has just been published, titled Uncivility, Racism, and Populism: Discourses and Interactive Practices in Anti-& Post-Democratic Communication. It highlights the inherent connection between in-/un-civility, racism and populism. 

Across all of the Special Issue contributions, it is empirically shown that these three issues remain very closely connected. While uncivility becomes an increasingly prevalent form of articulation in public discourse and communication and in the wider political action, racism –standing here as a synonym of wider politics of exclusion –remains one of the key ideologies brought to the mainstream on the back of such uncivil, exclusionary discourse and practice. 

Guest editors are: Mattias Ekman, Michal Krzyzanowski, Per-Erik Nilsson, Christian Christensen and Mattias Gardell


This Special Issue includes the below mentioned articles: 

“I just want to be the friendly face of national socialism”: The turn to civility in the cultural expressions of neo-Nazism in Sweden by Tina Askanius 

The research is about the online media practices of a specific neo-Nazi group, which has been particularly active in Sweden and the Nordic countries more generally in the past couple of years. It takes a particular interest in the strategies though which they seek to ‘normalise’ national socialism and make this ideology palatable to a contemporary audience.

This article might be particularly interesting for students, teachers, social workers, public officials in government bodies and prevention schemes, but also just anyone in the general public interested in understanding the rise of far-right authoritarian ideas and movement at the current political juncture and what this party looks like in the context of Sweden specifically.

Recontextualising news: How antisemitic discourses are constructed in extreme far-right alternative media by Birgitte P. Haanshuus & Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk

This article explores how the website of an extreme right organization uses content from professional media to convey uncivil news with an antisemitic message. This study contributes with knowledge concerning how antisemitism is expressed in high-choice digital media environments, where the threshold for producing and distributing content is low and where it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between civil and uncivil information providers. 

Anyone who is interested in topics such as alternative media, antisemitism, right-wing extremism, and how hate is communicated in the digital sphere could benefit from reading this article. 

Who are you, the people? Constructing the people in MV-lehti's refugee coverage by Salla Tuomola

This study examines the conceptual construction of “the people” in the Finnish-language right-wing populist online publication. “The people” is one of the central concepts of right-wing populist ideology, as it declares to give voice to the people. This research investigates this construction by utilising right-wing populist rhetoric.

This article might be of interest to anyone interested in understanding the logic of right-wing populist rhetoric. Also, it may bring new insights on transitioning boundaries of journalism in an online environment.

A populist turn? News editorials and the recent discursive shift on immigration in Sweden by Mattias Ekman & Michał Krzyżanowski

This paper examines how elements of xenophobic and racist discourses, mainly propagated by the far and radical right, penetrates editorials in Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten in the period 2015–2019.

The study sheds light on how editorials in the quality press facilitate xenophobic and racist elements into the mainstream, thus normalising previously unacceptable and uncivil discourses on immigration and immigrants.

The article is an essential read for anybody that is interested in the contemporary debate on immigration and its wider consequences for policy-making, public opinion, and society

“The new extreme right”: Uncivility, irony, and displacement in the French re-information sphere by Per-Erik Nilsson

In this article the author explores and analyzes sardonic irony as a strategy of uncivil communication and mobilization in the French post-fascist media-ecology. 

Scholars and students within the humanities and social sciences working with issues related to media and communications, nationalism, populism, and post-fascism as well as the interested reader in any of these topics could benefit from reading this article.

Unpacking uncivil society: Incivility and intolerance in the 2018 Irish abortion referendum discussions on Twitter by Dayei Oh, Suzanne Elayan, Martin Sykora & John Downey

This paper unpacks the uncivil society discourse into incivility and intolerance, arguing that the real threat to the health of our liberal democracy is intolerance -the anti-plurality and exclusionary content of a message -rather than incivility -impolite, rude, and aggressive tone of a message. By discerning incivility and intolerance, we can normatively differentiate the incivil but legitimate political protests from the intolerant and antidemocratic riots.

The article will appeal to a wider readership by helping readers to navigate uncivil online culture and the nature of un-civility and antidemocracy. It might also be an encouraging piece for journalists, critics and commentators, and the wider public. 

The institutionalisation of populist political discourse and conservative uncivil society in the European Union: From the margins to the mainstream? By Carlo Ruzza

This research is about the role of conservative civil society in Brussels as distinguished from the larger and more influential EU-level progressive civil society. It is important because conservative civil society is a relatively newcomer at the EU level and is enabled by populist governments in EU countries.

This article could be of interest for scholars interested in populism and in civil society studies. 




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