The Ideology and Discourse of the English Defence League: ‘Not Racist, Not Violent, Just No Longer Silent’

Kassimeris, George and Jackson, Leonie (2015) The Ideology and Discourse of the English Defence League: ‘Not Racist, Not Violent, Just No Longer Silent’. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17 (1). pp. 171-188. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

The English Defence League (EDL) emerged in 2009 and quickly became a major ‘anti-Islamist’street protest movement, able to attract thousands to its national demonstrations. Despite the violence and anti-Muslim rhetoric associated with its protests, the group claims to be an anti-racist human rights organisation dedicated to protecting liberal freedoms. This article employs a critical methodology to address these claims, analysing EDL literature alongside strategies identified as typical of racist discourse construction. The representations, narratives and rhetorical strategies used by the group support the analysis of EDL Islamophobia as a form of cultural racism that constructs opposing ‘British’ and ‘Muslim’ subjects and functions to maintain traditional ethno-cultural dominance of the former over the latter

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: racist discourse construction, Islamophobia, British Muslims, English Defence League
Subjects: L500 Social Work
L600 Anthropology
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 14:15
Last Modified: 26 May 2020 14:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43252

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