From Twitter to Capitol Hill

Far-Right Authoritarian Populist Discourses, Social Media and Critical Pedagogy


What does the backlash against Critical Race Theory, the Capitol insurrection, Trumpism, Twitter, and neo-Nazis have in common? This book delves deep into conservative social media and far-right extremist platforms to understand the revival and proliferation of far-right authoritarian populist discourses after Trump’s ascent to power. After the January 6th Capitol insurrection and the role social media have played in normalizing and promoting far-right populist authoritarianism, there is a renewed interest to study digital discursive aggression. Inspired by Critical Theory, Panayota Gounari masterfully uses Critical Discourse Studies to analyze social media data and articulate a discursive, pedagogical and historical project.

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Panayota Gounari, Ph.D. (2004), Pennslylvania State University, is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has published extensively on authoritarian and neoliberal discourses and critical pedagogy. Her most recent book is Liberatory and Critical Education in Greece: Historical Trajectories and Perspectives (co-authored with G. Grollios; Gutenberg, 2016).
Series Editor:
William M. Reynolds, Georgia Southern University, USA

Editorial Board:
Peter Appelbaum, Arcadia University, USA
Jennifer Beech, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, USA
Eleanor Blair, Western Carolina University, USA
Ana Cruz, St. Louis Community College, USA
Venus Evans-Winters, Illinois State University, USA
Julie C. Garlen, Georgia Southern University, USA
Nicholas Hartlep, Metropolitan State University, USA
Mark Helmsing, University of Wyoming, USA
Sherick Hughes, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA
Danielle Ligocki, Oakland University, USA
John Lupinacci, Washington State University, USA
Peter McLaren, Chapman University, USA
Yolanda Medina, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, USA
Brad Porfilio, California State University at Stanislaus, USA
Jennifer Sandlin, Arizona State University, USA
Julie Webber, Illinois State University, USA
Handel Kashope Wright, The University of British Columbia, Canada
William Yousman, Sacred Heart University, USA
List of Figures

 1 Far-Right Populist Authoritarianism

1 Far-Right Authoritarian Populism, Fascism, New Fascism, Trumpism
 1 Introduction
 2 A New Fascism?
 3 Fascism, Neofascism, Far Right and Trumpism
 4 Conclusion

2 One-Dimensional Discourse, Authoritarianism and Social Media: A Theoretical Framework
 1 Introduction
 2 What Is One-Dimensional Discourse?
 3 Features of One-Dimensional Discourse
 4 (Social) Media
 5 From Mediatization to (Social) Mediatization
 6 Conclusion

3 From Twitter to Capitol Hill: One-Dimensional Discursive Extremism and the Language of Digital Aggressiveness
 1 Introduction
 2 Critical Discourse Analysis/Studies (CDA/S) and the Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA)
 3 From Twitter to Capitol Hill
 4 Trump’s Speech at the Ellipse-Save America Rally
 5 One-Dimensional Discourse and The Language of Total Administration
 6 Discursive Themes/Argumentative Constructions
 7 Conclusion

4 Against Critical Pedagogy: For a Critical Pedagogy with a Radical Political Project
 1 Introduction
 2 Historical Roots and Main Concepts of Critical Pedagogy: Making the Pedagogical Political
 3 Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Today?
 4 Moving Forward

5 Emergency Time as a Pedagogical Project: Historical Thinking and Critical Consciousness
 1 ‘Actions Committed in the Past’
 2 Emergency Time: Unsettled Accounts with History
 3 History: A Critical Public Pedagogy Project of Recontextualization
 4 Making the Pedagogical Historical and the Historical Pedagogical

Appendix A: Trump’s Last Two Tweets on January 8th, 2021
Appendix B: Twitter Blog Post on the Permanent Suspension of Donald Trump’s Account, January 8th, 2021
Appendix C: Donald Trump Talking to Reporters after the Charlottesville Rally
All interested in contemporary politics and social media. Scholars, researchers and students in Critical Discourse Studies, Critical Media Studies, and Critical Social Sciences. Educators interested in Critical Pedagogy.
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