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Title: ‘Bring back Hitler’s gas chambers’: asylum seeking, Nazis and Facebook – a discursive analysis
Authors: Burke, Shani
Goodman, Simon
Keywords: Accusations of racism
Computer-mediated communication
Discourse analysis
Race talk
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Sage Publications / © The Author(s)
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.
Abstract: 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
Description: 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
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0957926511431036
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16521
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926511431036
ISSN: 0957-9265
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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