‘Actually Existing’ Right-Wing Populism in Rural Europe: Insights from Eastern Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ukraine

Natalia Mamonova, Jaume Franquesa, Sally Heather Brooks

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This study depicts various manifestations of what we call ‘actually existing’ right-wing populism. Based on empirical insights from eastern Germany, Spain, the UK and Ukraine, we explored how nationalist tendencies unfold in different contexts and what role agriculture and rural imageries play in this process. We analyse contextual factors (rural ‘emptiness’, socio-economic inequality, particularities of electoral systems, politics of Europeanization) and citizens’ perceptions of social reality (selective memory, subjective experiences of democracy, national redefinition, politics of emotions). We conclude that resistance and alternatives to right-wing populism should be context-specific, grounded in the social fabric and culture of the locale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1497-1525
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of peasant studies
Issue number4
Early online date21 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2020

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  • ‘actually existing’ right-wing populism
  • crisis of capitalism
  • representative democracy
  • rural emptiness
  • politics of emotions
  • European countryside

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