Like & share if you agree: A study of discourses and cyber activism of the far-right British nationalist party Britain First

  title={Like \& share if you agree: A study of discourses and cyber activism of the far-right British nationalist party Britain First},
  author={Andrew Brindle and Corrie MacMillan},
This paper combines corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis methodologies in order to investigate the discourses and cyber activism of the British right-wing nationalist party, Britain First. A study of a corpus of texts produced by elite members of the group reveals a racist, xenophobic stance which constructs Islam and Muslims as the radical, dangerous ‘Other’. This creates a discourse of fear that threatens the way of life of the indigenous in-group of the British people. An… Expand
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