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‘Bring back Hitler’s gas chambers’: asylum seeking, Nazis and Facebook – a discursive analysis

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posted on 19.12.2014 by Shani Burke, Simon Goodman
In this article, we explore how talk about Nazis is used in Internet discussions regarding asylum seeking, and the issue of whether or not opposition to asylum seeking is racist. Discursive analysis was conducted on discussions about asylum seeking from the social networking website Facebook, where references to Nazis were made. Three strategies were identified: (1) people supporting asylum seeking accuse asylum opponents of being racist by referring to Nazis; (2) opponents of asylum seeking deal with such accusations by arguing that the debate is being suppressed because of references to Nazis; (3) in the final, and most striking, strategy, opponents of asylum draw upon ideas associated with the Nazis and Hitler to bring about their anti-asylum position. These findings are discussed in relation to how the link between Nazis and racism is emerging in the asylum debate

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Discourse and Society: an international journal for the study of discourse and communication in their social, political and cultural contexts

Volume

23

Issue

1

Pages

19 - 33 (15)

Citation

BURKE, S. and GOODMAN, S., 2012. ‘Bring back Hitler’s gas chambers’: asylum seeking, Nazis and Facebook – a discursive analysis. Discourse and Society, 23 (1), pp. 19 - 33.

Publisher

Sage Publications / © The Author(s)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

This article was published in the journal Discourse and Society [Sage Publications / © The Author(s)]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926511431036

ISSN

0957-9265

Language

en

Location

United Kingdom

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