Populism Versus Anti-populism in the Greek Press: Post-Structuralist Discourse Theory Meets Corpus Linguistics
Within the scope of the POPULISMUS research project (2014–5), we have engaged in a methodological cross-fertilization between Essex School-inspired methods of analysis and computer-assisted text analysis (drawing on corpus linguistics). In this chapter, emphasis is placed on the Greek case and the material analyzed involves newspaper articles from the 2014–5 period. In particular, the analysis focuses on the antagonistic language games developed around representations of ‘the people’ and ‘populism’. Highlighting the need to study anti-populism together with populism, something that has not attracted much attention in the relevant bibliography, and focusing on their mutual constitution from a discourse-theoretical as well as lexicometric perspective, we articulate a comprehensive analysis of the populist and anti-populist press in Greece, with broader implications for populism research globally.
KeywordsPopulism Anti-populism People Democracy Greek press Essex School Corpus linguistics
This article draws on material collected within the scope of the POPULISMUS research project (www.populismus.gr). POPULISMUS was undertaken at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2014–2015), with funding from the European Union (European Social Fund) and National Funds (Greece) within the framework of the Operational Programme ‘Education and Lifelong Learning’ (Action ‘ARISTEIA II’). The collection of more recent press material relied on a grant from the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The research of Grigoris Markou has been financially supported by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) (Scholarship Code: 391).
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