Right-wing populist media events in Schengen Europe: The negotiated border discourse in-between nation states

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Leaders of European right-wing populism (RWP) have developed speeches about the state border control required to protect the “people” electing them. Nevertheless, are these RWP narratives necessarily circulated during populist media events that take place in the symbolic locations of European integration? It is argued that border control discourse in these EU places can be mitigated by RWP actors, but also emphasized by the media depending on the separated predispositions of politicians and reporters to address the border issue in a given context. Bourdieusian “field theory” is used in this article to grasp the potential differentiated discursive positioning. Based on a comparative analysis of RWP media events organized in the town of Schengen in Luxembourg, the investigation allows us to shed new light on the specificities of populism in the media.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Sep 2021


  • Right-wing populism
  • Media events
  • Borders
  • Field theory
  • Journalism
  • Critical discourse analysis

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