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"Politiskt korrekt" och normalisering av rasism: En diskursanalys av positioneringar och underliggande perspektiv i ett kommentarsfält
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2014 (Swedish)In: Språk & Stil, ISSN 1101-1165, no 24, 101-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article shows the linking of the use of the negative expression politically correct (PC) to racist and anti-feminist discourses. I analyze the expression PC in an online newspaper editorial and the comments published in its comments section. The aim is to explore this linkage by determining who and what phenomena that are positioned as PC, what implicit assumptions these positionings are based on, and what power asymmetries are reproduced. Actor-network theory, with punctualization and black box as two key concepts, is used as a discourse analytical framework in order to analyze explicit and implicit relations between positions.

The study shows that a majority of the commentators position themselves as marginalized “immigration critics” and use the negative expression PC to position a leftish and feminist PC elite as powerful. Immigration is positioned as a general threat supported by this elite. Racist sentiments are positioned as justifiable reactions to these presumed threats. Furthermore, when commentators accused of being PC defend anti-racism and feminism, they position immigrants and women as “others”, in need of help, and thereby divide “us” from “them”. Thus, the positioning of others as PC and the reaction to being positioned as such lead to a polarized debate with sharp divisions between left and right, extreme and democratic, and “us” and “them”, which seem to pave the way for a normalization of both explicit and implicit racist discourses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, 2014. no 24, 101-132 p.
Keyword [en]
Politically correct, racism, discourse, actor-network theory, comments sections, anti-feminism, punctualization, black boxes
Keyword [sv]
Politiskt korrekt, rasism, diskurs, aktör-nätverksteori, kommentarsfält, antifeminism, punktualiseringar, svarta lådor
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247750OAI: diva2:797315
Available from: 2015-03-23 Created: 2015-03-23 Last updated: 2015-03-25Bibliographically approved

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