The construction of a class with a ‘sense of entitlement’: a case study on political rhetoric as symbolic violence in Denmark

Klarissa Lueg, Andreas Jakobsen

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Taking a Bourdieusian perspective, this paper illustrates how one politically-staged TV broadcast on a receiver of benefit payment has triggered political scapegoating in Denmark. The case has challenged the prevailing welfare state discourse and fostered the construction of a low class with a "sense of entitlement" by the media. We show that the media adopted the notion of a "sense of entitlement" originally used by politicians. Welfare state critical phrases and proverbs experienced a revival. We claim that this one-sided rhetoric abstracts from political responsibility and that power, agenda-building, and rhetoric act as symbolic violence.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Vol/bind43
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)111-133
ISSN0191-5096
StatusUdgivet - 2016
Udgivet eksterntJa

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