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Nativism across time and space


Betz, Hans-Georg (2017). Nativism across time and space. Swiss Political Science Review = Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 23(4):335-353.

Abstract

Contemporary radical right‐wing populism is generally associated with nativism, usually defined as an intense hostility to anything deemed alien and threatening to national cohesion. This article explores the origins and evolution of nativism in three major nineteenth‐century populist movements – antebellum Know Nothingism and post‐civil‐war agrarian populism in the United States and late nineteenth‐century Boulangism in France. All of them advanced nativist propositions to bolster their populist agenda, yet not of the same nature and to the same extent. These differences can largely be explained by the targets of populist mobilization and the constituency at which it was aimed. The cases suggest that nativism plays an important role in populist mobilization, not least because it allows populist movements to transcend differences between social groups and gives them an opportunity to promote themselves as the champions of collective identity – a concern central to the contemporary radical populist right.

Abstract

Contemporary radical right‐wing populism is generally associated with nativism, usually defined as an intense hostility to anything deemed alien and threatening to national cohesion. This article explores the origins and evolution of nativism in three major nineteenth‐century populist movements – antebellum Know Nothingism and post‐civil‐war agrarian populism in the United States and late nineteenth‐century Boulangism in France. All of them advanced nativist propositions to bolster their populist agenda, yet not of the same nature and to the same extent. These differences can largely be explained by the targets of populist mobilization and the constituency at which it was aimed. The cases suggest that nativism plays an important role in populist mobilization, not least because it allows populist movements to transcend differences between social groups and gives them an opportunity to promote themselves as the champions of collective identity – a concern central to the contemporary radical populist right.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:nativism, populism, radical right, identity politics
Language:English
Date:December 2017
Deposited On:19 Dec 2018 15:01
Last Modified:20 Dec 2018 08:37
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1424-7755
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12260

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