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“Immigration, that’s what everyone’s thinking about …”

Guerra, Simona (2019) “Immigration, that’s what everyone’s thinking about …” Journal of Language and Politics, 18 (5). pp. 651-670.

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This article examines the 2016 British EU referendum and the domestic debates through the citizens’ voices in the media, specifically on the emotions and narratives, on The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Express, the week before the referendum. British citizens felt, in their words, “bullied because of [their] political correctness” and pointed their anger and dissatisfaction against the EU (and Merkel’s) “obsession for open borders”. The analysis underlines that these emotions and narratives, combining immigration and sovereignty, have remained embedded in the post-Brexit days, and go back not just to Billig’s banal nationalism (1995), but show that voting Leave represented respect towards true British values, the “core country” as conceptualised by Taggart (2000). Powellism (Hampshire 2018) and Wright’s “encroanchment” of Englishness (2017), and the analysis on the immigration narrative explain how anti-immigration and sovereignty discourse is persisting and is influencing, more broadly, the social and political relation of Britain with Europe.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Date : 19 August 2019
DOI : 10.1075/jlp.19022.gue
Copyright Disclaimer : © John Benjamins Publishing Company
Uncontrolled Keywords : Britain; Content analysis; Eurosceptic narrative; Immigration; Sovereignty
Additional Information : Embargo OK Metadata OK
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 07 Jul 2020 10:22
Last Modified : 07 Jul 2020 10:22

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