Anti-immigrant political arguments have long been at the centre of the campaigning of the Lega Nord, the Italian extreme-right secessionist party. The paper analyses posters from political campaigns between 2001 and 2008 in order to detect similarities and differences emerging over time, and to show how continuity and change intertwine in the Lega Nord’s anti-immigrant discourse. The analysis is presented across two axes: first, the visual dimensions of the texts are examined, concentrating predominantly on the use of images; second, we analyse the linguistic content of the leaflets, paying particular attention to referential strategies and argumentative structure. The sampled posters demonstrate that although the Lega Nord’s immigration policies are driven by an enduring and base antipathy to foreigners, in the 2008 campaign the strategy shifts to one that foregrounds arguments reminiscent of the Nouvelle Droite’s ethnopluralism. Accordingly, in the interests of respecting cultural diversity, the Lega Nord argue that different national communities need to be kept separate, thereby inverting liberal values for the purpose of countering multiculturalism.

Richardson, J., Colombo, M. (2013). Continuity and Change in anti-immigrant discourse in Italy: An analysis of the visual propaganda of the Lega Nord. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS, 12(2), 180-202 [10.1075/jlp.12.2.02ric].

Continuity and Change in anti-immigrant discourse in Italy: An analysis of the visual propaganda of the Lega Nord

COLOMBO, MONICA GIANCARLA ROBERTA
2013

Abstract

Anti-immigrant political arguments have long been at the centre of the campaigning of the Lega Nord, the Italian extreme-right secessionist party. The paper analyses posters from political campaigns between 2001 and 2008 in order to detect similarities and differences emerging over time, and to show how continuity and change intertwine in the Lega Nord’s anti-immigrant discourse. The analysis is presented across two axes: first, the visual dimensions of the texts are examined, concentrating predominantly on the use of images; second, we analyse the linguistic content of the leaflets, paying particular attention to referential strategies and argumentative structure. The sampled posters demonstrate that although the Lega Nord’s immigration policies are driven by an enduring and base antipathy to foreigners, in the 2008 campaign the strategy shifts to one that foregrounds arguments reminiscent of the Nouvelle Droite’s ethnopluralism. Accordingly, in the interests of respecting cultural diversity, the Lega Nord argue that different national communities need to be kept separate, thereby inverting liberal values for the purpose of countering multiculturalism.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
Lega Nord, extreme-right politics, political posters, anti-immigrant discourse, Critical Discourse Analysis, multimodal discourse, visual rhetoric
English
2013
12
2
180
202
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Richardson, J., Colombo, M. (2013). Continuity and Change in anti-immigrant discourse in Italy: An analysis of the visual propaganda of the Lega Nord. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND POLITICS, 12(2), 180-202 [10.1075/jlp.12.2.02ric].
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