Right-Wing Political Groups and Hate Speech
Chapter 6: Homology of Exclusion
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HOMOLOGY OF EXCLUSION
The purpose of this book is to examine the discourse and language produced by a variety of right-wing groups and to describe the homology that exists among their discourses. A linguistic homology, “is a formal parallel that cuts across seemingly dissimilar discourses” (Olson, 2002, p. 217). Argument from homology involves examining resemblances among different discourses or texts in order to render judgments about the features texts may share even though they address different content, substance, contexts, and audience constraints (Olson, 2002, p. 217). The logic of a homological critique is that individuals experiencing texts or discourse sets are influenced by the form of the text and not simply the specific content of the text (Olson, 2002, p. 217). As noted in Chapter 1, if a communicator is accustomed to encountering an argument in a particular discursive form, and views that form as acceptable, the form may enhance the persuasiveness of discourse content. Moreover, a homological critique may help critics to gain insights into the points of convergence and similarities between unique groups.
Why might this be important? Argument from homology can play an important role in the formation of publics that groups may appeal to for loyalty and political viability. Groups may learn to form natural affinities and, eventually, affiliations from a particular shared discursive form. Such groups may ← 205 | 206 → have different backgrounds, motivations, and agendas. However, in the discursive form, they find a unity that brings them together...
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