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'Bring back Hitler's gas chambers': Asylum seeking, Nazis and Facebook - a discursive analysis

Shani Burke and Simon Goodman
Discourse & Society
Vol. 23, No. 1 (January 2012), pp. 19-33
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43496343
Page Count: 15
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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.

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