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Reading: The Ideological Framework of the French Nouvelle Droite and the Contemporary Finnish Far Right

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The Ideological Framework of the French Nouvelle Droite and the Contemporary Finnish Far Right

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Tuula Vaarakallio

University of Jyväskylä, FI
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This article deals with the xenophobic discourse of contemporary Finnish anti-immigrationists, namely the anti-immigration faction of the Perussuomalaiset party and its 'metapolitical' background organisation - Suomen Sisu. It focuses on two main themes - differentialism and anti-egalitarianism - as they have been conceptualised by the French Nouvelle Droite (ND) and the European New Right. Because these themes have been used to serve a variety of anti-immigration movements and parties within Europe, the article examines whether the selective reception of differentialism and anti-egalitarianism have a part to play in the xenophobic discourse within Finnish politics as well. The Finnish anti-immigrationists share some rhetorical strategies with the ND and use these selectively and in a modified form. It also shows the Finnish faction's aim to be part of a European nationalist and communitarian conservatism to legitimise their own otherwise harshly expressed anti-immigration views.

How to Cite: Vaarakallio, Tuula. 2015. “the Ideological Framework of the French Nouvelle Droite and the Contemporary Finnish Far Right”. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 18 (2): 202–24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7227/R.18.2.5
Published on 01 Nov 2015.
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