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Towards a ‘civic’ narrative: British national identity and the transformation of the British National Party

Halikiopoulou, Daphne and Vasilopoulou, Sofia (2010) Towards a ‘civic’ narrative: British national identity and the transformation of the British National Party. Political Quarterly, 81 (4). pp. 583-592. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

This article examines the ways in which the BNP utilises the elements of British national identity in its discourse and argues that, during Griffin's leadership, the party has made a discursive choice to shift the emphasis from an ethnic to a civic narrative. We put forward two hypotheses, 1: the modernisation of the discourse of extreme right parties in the British context is likely to be related to the adoption of a predominantly civic narrative and 2: in the context of British party competition the BNP is likely to converge towards UKIP, drawing upon elements of its perceived winning formula, i.e. a predominantly civic rhetoric of national identity. We proceed to empirically test our hypotheses by conducting a twofold comparison. First, we compare the BNP's discourse pre- and post-1999 showing the BNP's progressive adoption of a civic narrative; and second the BNP's post-1999 discourse to that of UKIP in order to illustrate their similarities in terms of civic values.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0032-3179
Additional Information: © 2010 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 10:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30140/

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