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Constructing boundaries without being seen: the case of Jorg Haider, Politician


Wodak, R and Iedema, R, Constructing boundaries without being seen: the case of Jorg Haider, Politician, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, 49 pp. 157-178. ISSN 0211-5913 (2004) [Refereed Article]


This paper considers right wing populist rhetoric, both from the perspective of Critical Discourse Analysis, and from a Systemic Functional point of view. We believe that the shifting and fluid construction of "us" and "them," the implicit and explicit creation of boundaries and the use of certain argumentative topoi are important characteristics for the success of such populist rhetoric. Our analysis points to the importance of the application of different linguistic/syntactic and sociolinguistic/discourse-analytical methodologies when analyzing political discourses. Such research becomes relevant because the explicit deconstruction of populist rhetoric allows for the comprehension of on-going socio-political developments in Europe specifically, but also elsewhere.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Argumentation strategies, critical discourse analysis, functional systemic analysis, immigration laws, syntactic analysis
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:96704
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-17
Last Modified:2014-11-17

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