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The Online Visual Group Formation of the Far Right: A Cognitive-Historical Case Study of the British National Party
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2014 (English)In: The public journal of semiotics, ISSN 1918-9907, Vol. 6, no 1, 1-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates how the European far right, exemplified by the British National Party (BNP) uses images and other semiotic resources in online group formation. The data consists of a corpus containing all images occurring in articles published on the BNP website between May 2010 and March 2012. Flag elements are used as entry point to the analysis due to their high frequency in the corpus. The article proposes a cognitive-historical approach to Critical Discourse Analysis drawing on Cognitive Linguistics and the Discourse-Historical Approach. The analysis shows that images in BNP articles are not merely accessory features to text but that they send out ideological messages on their own and that they to a certain degree express what cannot be said using text. Flag images show how the BNP has undergone a visual transformation in the last decade, but also that the party constructs out-groups with anti-left and Islamophobic undertones.

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Lund University Open Access, 2014. Vol. 6, no 1, 1-21 p.
Keyword [en]
Far right, fascism, Discourse-Historical Approach, Cognitive Linguistics, online discourse
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science; Humanities, Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39935OAI: diva2:787539
Available from: 2015-02-10 Created: 2015-02-10 Last updated: 2015-06-01Bibliographically approved

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