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Title: Threats to the nation : the theoretical framework of Front National discourse
Author: Davies, P. J.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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This thesis explains and analyses the theoretical structure of the Front National's political discourse - a discourse that revolves around the concept of the nation. The major features and the internal framework of the FN's nationalism will be examined. The study begins with a historical survey of French nationalist thought and moves on to consider the FN's conceptualisation of the nation and national identity. The component elements of the FN's nationalism are then analysed, in particular the party's attachment to the regions and to "une Europe des patries". The use of symbols is an important part of FN discourse on the nation, and the way in which the party exploits the images of "le peuple", "la terre" and "Jeanne d'Arc" is explained in Chapter III. The following chapter considers the ongoing conflict between nationalism and cosmopolitanism in France - a battle of ideas between the FN and the PS. More specifically, the FN's hostility to what it perceives as "anti-French racism" and lax nationality legislation is discussed. Throughout Chapters V-VIII it is the dangers to the nation, as perceived by the FN, that are considered. In Chapter V the FN's discourse on "dénatalité" is examined. The FN argues that population stagnation is a huge threat to France and condemns what it views as the unhealthy social trends that produce it: family breakdown, divorce, cohabitation, abortion, contraception, homosexuality and AIDS. The FN's theory of exclusion is detailed in Chapter VI - a theory that determines the party's attitude to all foreign or non-French elements within the French nation. The final two chapters of the study explain and analyse the FN's discourse on immigration, a major concern and an area in which the party's exclusionist philosophy is most clearly evident. Here the FN's hostility to Islam and the socio-political implications of a large Third World immigrant population emerge as crucial elements of FN doctrine.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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