Feeding the Beast: Nourishing nativist appeals in Sweden and in Denmark

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Title Feeding the Beast: Nourishing nativist appeals in Sweden and in Denmark
Author(s) Hellström, Anders ; Hervik, Peter
Date 2009
English abstract
This article assumes that the elections to the European Parliament (EP) make a special site for the explicit formulation of nativist political rhetoric. The nativist view holds that states should be protected and reserved to members of the national group with the specific aim of consolidating political and cultural homogeneity. The aim of this article is to consider the public debate in Denmark and in Sweden surrounding the EP elections in 2004 and in 2009, comparing the use and acceptance of nativist political language in these countries. We use frame analysis to explore how the framing of issues will reveal certain views and attitudes that affect the popular opinion; hence, the successful evocation of xenophobic attitudes provides more support for the Populist Radical Right Parties (RPPs), which will make the other parties to compete for these votes as well. The analysis is based on a quantitative, and a qualitative reading of 573 articles in ten Danish and Swedish newspapers. Since in Denmark the Danish People’s Party (DF) occupies a privileged position as government supporting party compared to the marginal position of the Sweden Democrats (SD) in Sweden, we hypothesise that the journalistic tone used towards the SD in Swedish newspapers is more negative compared to Denmark and also that the public opinion is framed as more skeptic and afraid of immigrants in Denmark compared to Sweden. We also expect to determine a difference in time (from the 2004 elections to the elections in 2009) in this regard. The article concludes that feeding the beast nourishes nativist appeals, but also vice versa.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Denmark
political language
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences
Note Främlingsfientlighet och populism i det moderna Sverige, Centrum för kommunstrategiska studier, December 2009
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9321 (link to this page)

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