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80,000,000 hooligans. Discourses of resistance to racism and xenophobia in German punk lyrics 1991-1994

Schröter, M. (2015) 80,000,000 hooligans. Discourses of resistance to racism and xenophobia in German punk lyrics 1991-1994. Critical Discourse Studies, 12 (4). pp. 398-425. ISSN 1740-5904

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2014.1002508

Abstract/Summary

The late eighties and early nineties in Germany were not only marked by the fall of the Wall and German unification, but also by the dramatization of the political issue of asylum, resulting in outbreaks of xenophobic violence. In the context of the asylum debate of the early nineties, a number of punk bands produced songs between 1991 and 1994 which criticise the xenophobic climate created by the asylum debate and undermine an exculpatory official discourse about the violent attacks. The lyrics of these songs will be analysed as instances of counter-discourse emerging from a subcultural sphere that nurtures a critical distance towards hegemonic public and political discourse, arguing that Critical Discourse Analysis should pay more attention to defiance of hegemonic discourse.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > German
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:38658
Uncontrolled Keywords:Critical discourse analysis, subculture, racism, defiance, punk, critical language awareness
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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