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Título: Populism and the Politics of Redemption
Autor: Carreira Da Silva, Filipe
Brito Vieira, Monica
Palavras-chave: Populism
Democracy
Redemptive politics
Resentment
Data: 1-Dez-2018
Editora: SAGE Publications
Citação: da Silva, F. C., & Brito Vieira, M. (2018). Populism and the politics of redemption. Thesis Eleven, 149(1), 10–30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0725513618813374
Resumo: This article re-examines current definitions of populism, which portray it as either a powerful corrective to or the nemesis of liberal democracy. It does so by exploring a crucial but often neglected dimension of populism: its redemptive character. Populism is here understood to function according to the logic of resentment, which involves both socio-political indignation at injustice and envy or ressentiment. Populism promises redemption through regaining possession: of a lower status, a wounded identity, a diminished or lost control. Highly moralized images of the past – historical or archetypal – are mobilized by populist leaders to castigate the present and accelerate the urgency of change in it. The argument is illustrated with Caesar’s Column, a futuristic novel written by the Minnesota populist leader Ignatius Donnelly. The complex and ambivalent structure of this dystopian novel – a textual source for the Populist Party manifesto in the 1890s, which stands in contrast with agrarian populism as everyday utopia – enables us to move beyond the polarized positions dominating the current debate. Reading Caesar’s Column ultimately shows that populism can be both a corrective and a danger to democracy, but not for the reasons usually stated in the literature.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10451/36125
DOI: 10.1177/0725513618813374
ISSN: ‎0725-5136
Versão do Editor: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0725513618813374
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