“Not wanting to see it is hypocrisy, it's denying what is obvious”: Far‐right discriminatory discourses mobilised as common sense

GARCIA‐JARAMILLO, Daniel, SANTOS, Tânia R. and FERNANDES‐JESUS, Maria (2023). “Not wanting to see it is hypocrisy, it's denying what is obvious”: Far‐right discriminatory discourses mobilised as common sense. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.

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The far‐right recently entered the Portuguese parliament with the election of André Ventura, leader of the political party Chega. Since 2019, Chega has grown exponentially and has become the third political force. This study aimed to explore how Ventura represents different members of Portuguese society. We examine what meanings are reproduced to configure social representations about different category groups, adopting Critical Discourse Analysis tools to explore how they were mobilised as legitimate. We analysed 253 posts shared by Ventura on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from the 22nd of December 2020 to the 22nd of January 2021, a month before the 2021 presidential elections. Our analysis suggests that Ventura represents a reality in which only he can save the “good Portuguese” from the threats of three main enemies: Roma people, Black people, and so‐called “antifascist” activists. We discuss how those representations relate to what has been found in other contexts and their implications for the promotion of discrimination and marginalisation of these groups in Portugal. We also point out the potential benefits of integrating Critical Discourse Analysis methodological tools for the development of the Theory of Social Representations. Please refer to the Supplementary Material section to find this article's Community and Social Impact Statement.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Wiley via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for VoR version of this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: issn 1052-9284; issn 1099-1298 **Article IDs: publisher-id: casp2734 **History: published_online 08-08-2023; accepted 20-07-2023; rev-recd 17-07-2023; submitted 02-03-2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: social representations, critical discourse analysis, discrimination, far‐right, social media, Portugal, marginalisation
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2734
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2023 10:00
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 12:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32252

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