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Discrimination for the Sake of the Nation

The Discourse of the League of Polish Families against «Others» 2001-2007


Yasuko Shibata

This book examines the intertwined relationship between contemporary Polish politics and national culture by focusing on the phenomenon of discrimination. The object of the analysis is the language of the League of Polish Families, a populist party that recreated the climate of pre-war National Democracy in Poland from 2001 to 2007 by negatively labeling the nation’s Others. Through the political party’s discourse of discrimination, the book grasps a peculiar moment of Poland that faced uncertainty of identity upon its accession to the European Union. By adopting a method of critical discourse analysis, the author attests to the party’s political use of different layers of national traditions in denigrating Jews, sexual minorities and feminists while sanctifying the Polish nation.


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Discrimination for the Sake of the Nation Polish Studies in Culture, Nations and Politics Edited by Joanna Kurczewska and Yasuko Shibata Vol. 4 Yasuko Shibata Discrimination for the Sake of the Nation The Discourse of the League of Polish Families against “Others” 2001-2007 Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Shibata, Yasuko, 1981- Discrimination for the sake of the nation : the discourse of the League of Polish Families against "others" 2001-2007 / Yasuko Shibata. pages cm. — (Polish studies in culture, nations and politics, ISSN 2192-1822 ; vol. 4) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-64132-3 1. Liga Polskich Rodzin. 2. Nationalism—Poland—History— 21st century. 3. Discrimination—Poland—History—21st century. 4. Conservatism—Poland—History—21st century. 5. European Union—Poland. 6. Poland—Politics and government—1989- I. Title. DK4449.S55 2013 324.2438'04—dc23 2013041814 This publication was financially supported by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. ISSN 2192-1822 ISBN 978-3-631-64132-3 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03088-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03088-4 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. PL Academic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main ∙ Bern ∙ Bruxelles ∙ New York ∙ Oxford ∙ Warszawa ∙ Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable...

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