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THE NEW RIGHT WING IN DENMARK AND THE CULTURE CLASH

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Author(s): Tomasz Archutowski

Journal: Studia Humanistyczne AGH
ISSN 1732-2189

Volume: 10;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: new far-right | Danish People’s Party | culture clash | populism

ABSTRACT
Just within sixteen years since its emergence the Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti) has reached the status of the third biggest political party in Denmark. Gaining such considerable voter’s support by a new far-right, populist party in Denmark, a country having a reputation of a stable, well-established democracy provokes a broader analysis of this phenomenon. The main goal of the paper is therefore to fi nd an answer to the question about possible factors that have contributed to the popularity of the new far-right in Denmark. In the paper I make an effort to prove that an essential influence on the popularity of the new far-right has the culture clash. I analyse the term culture clash on two planes – as a clash of the ideas of postmaterialism with the traditional sociocultural values and as a clash between Western culture and the values represented by immigrants coming to Denmark from mostly muslim countries.
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