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Towards an Assessment of Marginality in Democratic Systems: The Charlie Hebdo Debate in the UK,

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

© 2018, © The Author(s) 2018. This article offers a theoretical and empirical investigation of marginality of actors and ideas in democratic systems. We do so with respect to the extensive public debate that ensued from the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks of January 2015. Using content analytical data retrieved from The Guardian, we assess the degree and nature of marginality as indicated by the presence of different types of intervention in the public debate. Our findings show that women have very limited visibility; religious and minority groups—particularly Muslims—are sidestepped; and actors challenging the dominant securitisation narrative are systematically neglected by those holding dominant positions. We argue for greater attention to the problem of marginality and introduce the Maximin principle of marginality as a means to address this issue in analyses of democratic systems.
Journal: British Journal of Politics & International Relations
ISSN: 1369-1481
Pages: 1 - 21
Publication year:2018
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education