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A “Europe des Nations”: far right imaginative geographies and the politicization of cultural crisis on Twitter in Western Europe

Abstract : Contestation over European integration has been widely studied in the rhetoric of parties, leaders, and movements on the far right in a variety of media. Focusing on Twitter use by far right actors in Western Europe, we apply corpus-aided discourse analysis to explore how imaginative geographies are used to politicize Europe among their digital publics. We find that the idea of a crisis of cultural identity pervades imaginaries of Europe amongst far right digital publics. While Europe is presented as facing a crisis of cultural identity, we find that the far right articulates an aspirational imaginary of Europe, the ‘Europe des Nations’ that rejects liberal-democratic pluralism in the EU and the ‘establishment’. We find that the contestation of Europe in far right digital publics relies on a crisis of cultural identity, representing a translation of Nouvelle Droite imaginaries of Europe into the social media space.
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Caterina Froio, Bharath Ganesh. A “Europe des Nations”: far right imaginative geographies and the politicization of cultural crisis on Twitter in Western Europe. Journal of European Integration / Revue d'Intégration Européenne, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2020, pp.715 - 732. ⟨10.1080/07036337.2020.1792462⟩. ⟨hal-02978101⟩

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