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The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean

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Winner of the Austrian Book Prize for the 2016 German translation, in the category of Humanities and Social Sciences. 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 landsca
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 29th 2015 by Sage Publications Ltd
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Raphael Cohen-Almagor
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ruth Wodak is one of the foremost scholars in the field of linguistics and politics, a prolific writer whose scholarship has gained her an international reputation in academic circles and beyond. Much of Wodak’s work has been devoted to the study of political extremism (Krzyżanowski and Wodak, 2009; Richardson and Wodak, 2009 are recent examples). This new book from Professor Wodak should be of interest to all who are seeking to understand the threat of political extremism in Europe today.
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Rita Lei Chen 雷晨
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
After the left wing becomes more and more elitist, their ideal leader is aloof, familiar with political operations that are not familiar to ordinary people, and understand knowledge that ordinary people do not understand, and they hope to elect a "better" leader; and Right-wing voters appreciate the "we are a part of" type of "spokesperson" (in some ways, not a "leader"), and the candidates created by the right also strive to get rid of the "elite" image. And because of the personality and disco ...more
Eli
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Accessible text; good summary of general far-right party characteristics and good introduction to discourse analysis for non-communications specialists. Perfect for an upper level undergrad/early grad school course on far-right party strategies.
Pushon Bhattacharya
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
A timely book with a great deal of information about the despicable far-right sacks of shit ruining Europe, which is let down by a boring academic style of writing.
Alan
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: linguistics, politics
A fascinating insight into the language of right-wing populist discourses. Only through understanding the language of such movements can we hope to understand why they're so popular, and how best we can challenge them. Therefore, this book isn't only useful to students of discourse studies, but to anybody with an interest in the subject of right-wing populism. It's a book that can be used as source material for university essays, but it can also sit beside your mass market Noam Chomsky book.

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Daniel Rosengren Olsen
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rudak's work on politics of fear offer a great introduction to methodological techniques for research as well as identifies a wide range of argumentation techniques, strategies, topics, and performance techniques applied by right-wing politicians. The book gives excellent examples of analysis applied to examples from various texts. Overall the books is great, though at some points slightly repetitive. It offers an excellent introduction especially to novices in the area of discourse, right-wing ...more
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