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Citizenship Lecture: Right-Populist Identity Construction and Concepts of the Enemy

One core element of the right-populist identity construction is drawing a line between the own collectivity (ethnicity, nation-state, Occident, etc.) and "foreigners" who are perceived to be the root of various threats and evils. Against that backdrop, right populists claim to represent the authentic will of "the people". However, they can hardly ignore the existence of domestic opponents or even "enemies" such as the ruling class, the elites, the "old parties", and the Left, the uncommitted, etc. To the extent that right-populist mark such boundaries, they risk to be perceived as a minority. In reaction to this, they are caught in a dilemma. Either they elevate themselves as a bold but small vanguard with the risk of becoming sectarian; or they weaken their identity construction to appeal to the broader populace with the risk of becoming more fragmented and eventually falling apart.

Gehalten von

Prof. Dr. Dieter Rucht

Veranstaltungsart

Vortrag/Vortragsveranstaltung

Sachgebiet

Politik
Politische Bildung
Sozialwissenschaften
Soziologie

Universitäts-/ Fachbereich

Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Termin

Beginn
03.11.2016, 18:00 Uhr
Ende
03.11.2016, 19:30 Uhr

Veranstalter

Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism and Religious Diversity

Kontakt

Hannah Wolf
August-Bebel-Str. 89
14482 Potsdam

Telefon 0331-977 3452