Populistiset miesjohtajat ja performatiivisuus: Timo Soinin, Hugo Chávezin ja Donald J. Trumpin hahmot journalistisissa kuvissa

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Populism may be defined as a rhetoric-performative process, relying on the approach to populism based on Ernesto Laclau’s theoretical work. This article focuses on how different male populist leaders, namely the founder and long-term head of the Finns Party Timo Soini, United States President Donald J. Trump, and former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, are constructed using performative elements in journalistic photographs. Even though these leaders' central messages are delivered verbally, their habitus and visual performative elements, including their body language, persona, use of space, and clothing, complement and even highlight some elements of their messages, creating an image of an exceptional leader who is different from the political elite that the status-quo represents, and who has a special connection with the people. It finds that central performative elements in populist leaders’ representations are authenticity and differences in national context that relate to creating an emotional connection with the people and performing masculinity. It approaches this by combining theatre studies (Goffman 1956) and social performance studies (Alexander 2004) to populism studies (Laclau 2005).
Bidragets titel på inmatningsspråkPopulist male leaders and performativity: The characters of Timo Soini, Hugo Chávez and Donald J. Trump in journalistic photographs
TidskriftMedia & viestintä : kulttuurin ja yhteiskunnan tutkimuksen lehti
Sidor (från-till)366-384
Antal sidor19
StatusPublicerad - 2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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