Discursive Turns and Critical Junctures: Debating Citizenship after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

ISBN : 9780190097431

Donatella della Porta; Pietro astelli Gattinara; Konstantinos Eleftheriadis; Andrea Felicetti
272 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2020
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Among the violent acts perpetrated by radical Islamist groups in Europe, the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris has been one of those that has challenged established categories of public debate the most.

Through a multifaceted and detailed analysis of the public discourse around the Charlie Hebdo episode in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK, Discursive Turns and Critical Junctures offers an in-depth analysis of how political groups and religious organizations have reacted to the event, which claims they have made in the public sphere, and how they have justified such claims. Drawing on newspaper sources and discourse analysis, the authors navigate the complexities caused by political violence. They develop a threefold comparison that considers how the debate differs across countries; how it evolved over time; and how it varies when one looks at mainstream media compared to social movement arenas. Based on a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative analyses, the volume pays particular attention to radical left, radical right and religious actors and to issues related to migration and integration, secularism and cultural diversity, security and civil rights. In particular, they focus on the way in which transformative events act as critical junctures within different public spheres.

Starting from the nefarious attacks on January 2015, this highly relevant, theoretically compelling, and methodologically sophisticated study of public debates in Europe adds substantially to the growing body of research into critical junctures as discursive turning points and gives insights into into a number of debates ranging including citizenship and political violence.


List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1. Discursive turns and critical junctures: An introduction
Chapter 2. Comparing mass media debates in the European public sphere
Chapter 3. The evolution of the debate: Polarization and deliberation over time
Chapter 4. The deliberative qualities of the debates from a comparative perspective
Chapter 5. Left-wing movements facing dilemmas
Chapter 6. Multiculturalism backlash and anti-establishment politics: The far right
Chapter 7. Religious organizations: Strategies and framing
Chapter 8. Justifications in the debates on citizenship: Whose common good?
Chapter 9. Discursive turns and critical junctures: some conclusions
Technical Appendix

About the author: 

Donatella Della Porta is Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, and Director of the PhD program in Political Science and Sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she also leads the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos).
Pietro Castelli Gattinara is Assistant Professor in the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on comparative politics, the far right and international migration to Europe. He is the author of The Politics of Migration in Italy (2016). Andrea Felicetti is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Political Research at KU Leuven. He is the author of Deliberative Democracy and Social Movements. Konstantinos Eleftheriadis is Lecturer at the University of London-Institute in Paris (ULIP) and Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS-Paris). His; research focuses on the politics of gender and sexuality and the role of mobilization for combatting discriminations. He is the author of Queer Festivals: Challenging Collective Identities in a Transnational Europe.

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