publication . Article . Other literature type . 1988

Rhetoric of the conspiracy theory: Arguments in national front propaganda

Billig, Michael;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 1988 Journal: Patterns of Prejudice, volume 22, pages 23-34 (issn: 0031-322X, eissn: 1461-7331, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
Recent criticism in National Front publications of conspiracy theories involving Jews must be seen in their ‘argumentative context’. In fact, such rhetoric can be used for purely tactical purposes, in this case in the power struggle between two rival factions of the National Front. Furthermore, pro‐Zionism is not necessarily contradictory to antisemitism since it can reflect a desire to see Jews leave for Israel. Antisemitism remains a continuing influence among extreme right groups despite the fact that there seems to be no political advantage in such a stance.
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free text keywords: Cultural Studies, History
Communities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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