‘This is exactly how the Nazis ran it’: (De)legitimising the EU on Wikipedia

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This paper addresses how the Wikipedia community has grappled with controversial elements of the EU’s history from 2001 to 2019. It also examines what perspective on the EU the Wikipedia editors develop in debates about the institution’s history and if/how the community has (de)legitimised the EU’s existence today in the context of discussions about the EU’s predecessors. The data examined consist of Wikipedia contributors’ debates that took place on a Wikipedia discussion site (‘Talk Page’). Taking a corpus-assisted approach combined with argumentation analysis and aspects of Systemic Functional Linguistics, I found that Wikipedia editors repeatedly propose that Nazi Germany might have been a precursor of the EU today. However, the Wikipedia community ultimately rejects this notion and emphasises the voluntary nature guiding the EU’s creation process. Thus, while the EU’s legitimacy is indeed contested in the course of the debates, the Wikipedia community eventually rejects this challenge.
Seiten (von - bis)411 - 427
FachzeitschriftDiscourse and Society
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2020

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

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