1st Edition

Populist Discourse Critical Approaches to Contemporary Politics

    330 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Populist Discourse brings together experts from both linguistics and political science to analyse the language of populist leaders and the media's representation of populism in different temporal, geographical and ideological contexts, including Nazi Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Greece, the UK, the US and South America. With 17 contributions split into four sections, Populist Discourse covers a variety of approaches such as corpus-based discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis and political perspectives, making it a timely dissection for students and researchers working in linguistics, political science and communication.


    Populism, a difficult concept to define

    Populism is a strategy *

    Populism is an ideology *

    Populism is a discursive style *

    Populism as a global phenomenon *

    Types of populism *

    The aims and contents of this edited volume *

    References *




    1 - The Politics of Authenticity in Populist Discourse

    Enrique Arroyas Langa and Victoria Fernández Ilundain

    2 - The rising of populist parties in Italy. Techno-populism between neo-liberalism and direct democracy

    Emiliana De Blasio and Michele Sorice

    3 - Rewriting the news: The Amphibian relationship between populist Podemos and print media in Spain

    Ismael Ibáñez-Rosales

    4 - Populism and the media factor: The Portuguese case in a European comparative perspective

    Paula do Espírito Santo and Rita Figueiras

    5 - Populist discourse in the 21st century. The definition of otherness in Twitter in the cases of Spain, Bolivia and Venezuela

    Javier G. Marín and Óscar G. Luengo


    6 - Us vs. Them: Polarisation and populist discourses in the online electoral campaign in Spain

    An Ruiz-Sánchez and Manuel Alcántara-Plá

    7 - Imagining the people in UKIP and Labour

    Ruth Breeze

    8 - 'For the many, not the few': A transitivity analysis of Labour's 2017 manifesto as a driving force for promoting a populist Britain

    Leanne Bartley

    9 - Little old UK voting Brexit and some Austrian friends: A corpus-driven analysis of the 2016 UK right-wing tabloid discourse

    Pascual Pérez-Paredes

    10 - Disability in the populist press: An investigation of British tabloids

    Maria Cristina Nisco

    11 - Speculations about the future: Populism and climate change in contemporary news discourse

    Katherine E. Russo


    12 - Populist metaphorical utterances

    John Keating and Belén Soria

    13 - Populismus in National Socialism: Aesthetization and language in the Nazi rhetoric

    Christina Holgado Sáez and Leopoldo La Rubia de Prado

    14 - Donald Trump is a Conqueror: How cognitive analysis of Trump's discourse reveals his worldview

    Heather McCallum-Bayliss

    15 - Left-wing poulist discourses in the Greek press

    Themis Kaniklidou

    16 - New politics and the voice of the people. A study on populist language in Spanish political discourse

    Francisco José Sánchez García

    17 - Metaphors portraying right-wing politician Geert Wilders in cartoons

    Charles Forceville and Nataša van de Laar


    Encarnación Hidalgo-Tenorio works as a full professor in English linguistics at the University of Granada, Spain.

    Miguel-Ángel Benítez-Castro is a lecturer in English Language and TEFL at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

    Francesca De Cesare is an associate professor in Spanish Language and Translation Studies at the University of Naples 'L'Orientale', Italy.

    "This is a timely and significant collection that probes the most disturbing and dangerous political phenomenon of our civilisation. Anyone concerned about the resurgence of populism and nationalism will benefit from the insights of the contributors to this volume. Understanding what is going on is but a first step, but a crucial one."

    Paul Chilton, Lancaster University, UK

    "In general, this volume offers an attractive selection of studies centered on populist politics and the representations of populism in a variety of countries. One particular merit of the book is that the chapters are short, highly focused in scope, and easy to read."

    Ricardo Jiménez-Yáñez, Discourse & Society 32(4)