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’Spöknippet’: the chilling continuities of fascist imagination in the Swedish Radical Right

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Authors Andreas Önnerfors
Published in Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Language en
Links https://gu-se.academia.edu/AndreasÖ...
https://www.radicalrightanalysis.co...
Keywords svensk fascism, mellankrigstiden, Sverigedemokraterna
Subject categories Other Humanities, Media Studies, Political Science

Abstract

The use of the term ‘fascism’ or ‘neo-fascism’ in the context of the Swedish radical right and its parliamentary arm, the Sweden Democrats (SD), is extremely contested. Following the general elections of 2014, PM Stefan Löfven characterized the party in an op ed in Dagens Nyheter 6 December 2014 a s “a neo-fascist one-issue party respecting neither people´s differences nor Sweden’s democratic institutions.” What followed was a hectic period where (some of them self-declared) experts on ‘fascism’ entered the debate either arguing for or most commonly against the choice of terminology applied by the Swedish political leadership. Swedish intellectuals and academics engaged in an occasionally bizarre competition in defining ‘fascism’ and ‘neo-fascism’ and, closely linked to this general question, who supposedly owned the appropriate privilege of interpretation.

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