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By Jan Blommaert

Immigration, racism and nationalism became hotly debated concerns within the Western international. This hugely unique and arguable paintings specializes in the language utilized by the overwhelming majority who regard themselves as being open to a multi-cultural society.Using Belgium as a case learn and drawing parallels with the united kingdom, US, Europe and the previous Yugoslavia, the authors examine this language and display a extraordinary consistency among those liberal voices, akin to in news-reporting, and the language utilized by radical racist and nationalist teams.

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But that is exactly why this book had to be written. , the common philosophical and socio-scientific lore referred to—does not stand in the way of rhetorical operations which, at various levels of implicit meaning, clash with overtly accepted ‘critical’ beliefs and attitudes. e. the rhetoric of tolerance, and anti-migrant rhetoric alike. It will be our task to demonstrate all of this. But first we have to make another excursion, describing the link between cognition and group relations, and explaining how language will be used as a window onto the ideological processes at issue.

Another example is the abnormalization to which foreigners are subject—remember our first hints at this phenomenon in Chapter 1. Yet another one is the recurrent reference to ‘poor socio-economic circumstances’ as a staple argument to explain racist incidents. All of these will be fully documented and their functioning will be discussed at length. Interaction patterns The debate on diversity is a real ‘debate’ in the sense that it involves many types of direct and indirect interaction between different points of view.

Van Dijk 1995), or ‘interpretive frames’ (Tulviste and Wertsch 1990), serve the purpose of framing, validating or legitimating opinions and actions in the domain to which they are applicable. To quote Tulviste and Wertsch (1990:3), such ideological webs ‘determine which arguments will appeal to a group’ and will hence ‘provide the groundwork of our thinking and identity’. 25 DIVERSITY Ideology and discourse The most tangible manifestation of ideology is discourse (in a non-metaphorical, down-to-earth sense of discourse as an observable instance of communicative behaviour, whether verbal or not).

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