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Witnesses of Social Decay "Ordinary People", Right-Wing Populism and Social Media
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5870-7541
2020 (English)In: Schweizerisches Archiv für Volkskunde, ISSN 0036-794X, Vol. 116, no 1, p. 51-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, social media has allowed new actors to participate in the formation of public opinion. In Sweden, the number of right-wing populist Facebook-groups are increasing in numbers. Groups like Stand up for Sweden (Sta upp for Sverige), a Facebook-group focusing on "revealing Sweden's failed immigration policies" now gathers around 170 000 members, which could be compared to the number of subscription readers of any medium sized Swedish daily newspaper. In the group, members share photos, news articles, personal stories and testimonies of a society on the brink of "systemic collapse". This article provides an analysis of personal witness accounts shared within the group during the year leading up to the Swedish 2018 election. The discussion centres around three key narratives through which the myth of a systemic collapse is constructed. Doing so, I argue that such narratives have a socially therapeutic function and serve the purpose to symbolically process and resolve conflicting social experiences.

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Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde , 2020. Vol. 116, no 1, p. 51-68
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populism, nationalism, narrative, social media, class
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41932ISI: 000567976500005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85096116618OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-41932DiVA, id: diva2:1471020
Available from: 2020-09-28 Created: 2020-09-28 Last updated: 2020-12-01Bibliographically approved

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