The New Nationalism and its Relationship to Islam

  • Sindre Bangstad
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


This chapter analyses how the “new nationalism” in Norway contributes to set or alter national and nationalist boundaries through actively “othering” Muslims, who have come to feature as threats to a whole range of issues including the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state, gender equality, LGBT rights, liberalism and secularism and freedom of expression. The chapter draws on Ruth Wodak’s notion of “politics of fear” and seeks to show how this manifests itself in the discourse of the Norwegian Progress Party, a junior government partner since October 2013. This type of rhetoric on Islam and Muslims is not distinctive to Norway but figures centrally in the manner in which, for instance, the Danish People’s Party also pursues a politics of exclusion through fearmongering.


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  • Sindre Bangstad
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  1. 1.KIFO – Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview ResearchOsloNorway

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