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dc.contributor.authorMeredith, Joanne
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Emma
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-21T13:00:24Z
dc.date.available2019-02-21T13:00:24Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-22
dc.identifier.citationMeredith J, Richardson E. The use of the political categories of Brexiter and Remainer in online comments about the EU referendum, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 2019;29:43–55. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2384
dc.identifier.issn1052-9284
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/casp.2384
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/622115
dc.description.abstractIn June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on EU membership; 52% of those who voted, voted to leave, and 48% voted to remain. During the referendum campaign, two identities emerged: “Brexiter” and “Remainer,” which remained salient post‐referendum. This study explores how the categories of Brexiter and Remainer were deployed by posters online. Data comprise comment threads collected from four online newspapers both during the campaign and after the vote, which focus on the Brexit campaign promise: “We send £350m a week to the EU. Let's fund our NHS instead.” We draw on membership categorization analysis and discursive psychology to analyse when categories were made salient and what responses to the invocation of categories were. Analysis revealed that posters explicitly categorize the out‐group and in doing so implicitly define their group. Posters resisted other political identities when attributed to them in relation to the referendum. The analysis shows how Brexiter and Remainer are new, albeit contested, political categories and identities in their own right, with other political identities resisted when used. The paper highlights implications for the political system in the United Kingdom and for social divisions within U.K. society.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherWiley
dc.relation.urlhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/casp.2384
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
dc.subjectBrexit
dc.subjectEU referendum
dc.subjectmembership categorisation analysis
dc.subjectdiscourse analysis
dc.subjectcategories
dc.subjectpolitical identity
dc.titleThe use of the political categories of Brexiter and Remainer in online comments about the EU referendum
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
dc.date.accepted2018-08-24
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhampton
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW210219JM
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-01-22
dc.source.volume29
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.beginpage43
dc.source.endpage55
refterms.dateFCD2019-02-21T13:00:25Z
refterms.versionFCDAM


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