Introduction to the special issue : new forms of intolerance in European political life
Title: Introduction to the special issue : new forms of intolerance in European political life
Citation: Journal of immigrant and refugee studies, 2014, vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 353-362
ISSN: 1556-2948; 1556-2956
This introduction summarizes the contributions to the Special Issue that focus on the spread of intolerant and racist discourses in Denmark, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Hungary. Through a comparative approach, the issue argues that what has been decisive in this process is the role played by mainstream political parties that perceive intolerance against the “other” as the natural outcome of the failure of previous tolerant policies on immigrants and minorities. Even if brought forward with different argumentation in each case, intolerance is introduced in all five countries as a principled position under the pretext of protecting European citizens’ rights.
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