Populism, Media and Education

Challenging discrimination in contemporary digital societies

Based on a major research project funded by the European Commission, Populism, Media and Education studies how discriminatory stereotypes are built online with a particular focus on right-wing populism. Globalization and migration have led to a new era of populism and racism in Western countries, rekindling traditional forms of discrimination through innovative means. New media platforms are being seen by populist organizations as a method to promote hate speech and unprecedented forms of proselytism. Race, gender, disability and sexual orientation are all being used to discriminate and young people are the preferred target for populist organizations and movements. This book examines how media education can help to deconstruct such hate speech and promote young people’s full participation in media-saturated societies.

Drawing on rich examples from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Slovenia, and the UK - countries characterized by different political and cultural contexts – Populism, Media and Education addresses key questions about the meaning of new populism, the nature of e-engagement, and the role of education and citizenship in the digital century.

With its international and interdisciplinary approach, this book is essential reading for academics and students in the areas of education, media studies, sociology, cultural studies, political sciences, discrimination and gender studies.


Renée Hobbs

Maria Ranieri

Section I - Theoretical foundations. Right-wing populism, Communicative Strategies and Media Literacy

1. FAR RIGHT: Populist Ideology, ‘Othering’ and Youth
Anna Krasteva, Gabriella Lazaridis

2. Framing differences. Theorizing new populist communicative strategies on the Internet
Birgit Sauer, Etienne Pignaud

3. Exploring the potential of Media Literacy Education to question discrimination and promote civic participation
Maria Ranieri, Francesco Fabbro, Paul de Theux

Section II – Research study online populist communication strategies in European societies

4. Ethno-nationalism and racial capitalism in populist framing of migrants as a threat
Mojca Pajnik, Denitza Kamenova, Francesco Fabbro

5. Gendering ‘the people’. Heteronormativity and ‘ethno-masochism’ in populist imaginary
Stefanie Mayer, Iztok ล ori, Birgit Sauer

6. Anti-elitism as populist strategy of defending ‘the people'
Evelina Staykova, Ildiko Otova, Vanya Ivanova

Section III - Research on media analysis and production, online discrimination and engagement

7. Students’ perspectives on critical thinking and engagement across media analysis and production
Maria Ranieri, Francesco Fabbro, Mojca Frelih

8. Fighting against discrimination speeches with critical Media Education: lessons from the French case
Sophie Jehel, Christophe Magis

9. Developing teachers’ media literacy to support citizenship education in the 21st Century
Anne-Claire Orban de Xivry, Martin Culot

10. Conclusion
Maria Ranier


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