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A comparative discourse analysis of the construction of in-groups in the 2005 and 2010 Manifestos of the British National Party

Edwards, Geraint O (2012) A comparative discourse analysis of the construction of in-groups in the 2005 and 2010 Manifestos of the British National Party. Discourse & Society, 23 (3). pp. 245-258. ISSN 0957-9265

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Abstract

Since Nick Griffin’s appointment as chairman of the far-right British National Party (BNP) in 1999, the party has undergone a drastic makeover in terms of the language it employs in the public domain, adopting a moderate discourse of unobjectionable “motherhood and apple pie” concepts, whilst privately maintaining its core ideology of racial prejudice. This paper continues the work previously done examining BNP literature in order to ascertain what discursive techniques the BNP is adopting and how their language is changing to appeal to a wider electoral base. Using Corpus Analysis as a base, and drawing upon techniques of Discourse Analysis (DA) and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), this study compares the 2005 and 2010 BNP manifestos. Its focus is the way in which “in-group” categories such as nationhood are invoked to imply inclusivity yet on closer inspection are racially defined. The project of disguising BNP racism in seemingly moderate discourse is continuing apace.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2012 Sage. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Discourse and Society. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: british, national, party, bnp, in-groups, far-right, racism, griffin, manifesto, politics, 2010, 2005
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Language and Linguistics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Geraint O Edwards
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 15:05
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926511433477
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: No
Identification Number: 10.1177/0957926511433477
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43917

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