Strategies used by the Far Right to counter accusations of racism.

Goodman, S. and Johnson, A.J., 2013. Strategies used by the Far Right to counter accusations of racism. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines, 6 (2), 97 - 113.

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This paper addresses the way in which the leader of the far-right British National Party (BNP), Nick Griffin, attempts to present the party as non-racist during hostile media appearances. The process of ‘fascism recalibration’, in which the party attempts to present itself in a more moderate way, which has been used to account for its electoral gain, is discussed. A discursive analytical approach is applied to one television and two radio programmes, all on the BBC, in which Nick Griffin was interviewed. The paper addresses the question: ‘how is the BNP presented in a way that makes it appear reasonable and achieve ‘fascism recalibration’? Analysis identified three strategies employed for this objective. These are: the party is presented as (1) acting as a moderating force, whereby a favourable distinction is made between the BNP and both other extremists and the BNP's own past; (2) acting in minority groups’ best interests, where BNP policies are presented as being both supported by, and aimed to aid, minority groups; and (3) only opposing minority groups because of their own prejudices, a strategy used to justify Islamaphobia based on the supposed intolerances of Islam. The implications and limitations of these strategies are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:British National Party; racism denial; far-right; Islamophobia; discourse analysis
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:23762
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Deposited On:31 May 2016 14:30
Last Modified:31 May 2016 14:37


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