'We Are the Good Guys': Ideological Positioning of the Nationalist Party Sverigedemokraterna in Contemporary Swedish Politics

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title 'We Are the Good Guys': Ideological Positioning of the Nationalist Party Sverigedemokraterna in Contemporary Swedish Politics
Author(s) Hellström, Anders ; Nilsson, Tom
Date 2010
English abstract
This article explores the ideological positioning of Sverigedemokraterna (SD; the Sweden Democrats) in contemporary Swedish politics. Comparative research on nationalist parties pays very little attention to SD, despite the fact that following the general elections in 2006 it came close to consolidating a permanent position in Swedish politics. In the analysis, we highlight the recurrent rhetorical figures in the public debate as manifested in the media coverage from September 2006 to May 2007. The ideological positioning of SD evolves in the interaction between its self-image and the counter arguments adopted by SD-antagonists. Although the established parties were careful to distance themselves from SD, our analysis indicates a possible taming of SD in the run-up to the general elections in 2010. The party’s monocultural nationalist messages may also become more widely accepted and still allow it to be considered as ‘one of the good guys’.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796809354214 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
Host/Issue Ethnicities;1
Volume 10
ISSN 1468-7968
Pages 55-76
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) media
migration
nationalism
New-right
'people's home'
populism
Social Democracy
Sverigedemokraterna (the Sweden Democrats)
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Ethnicity
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11269 (link to this page)

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