Digital Media & Journalism; Youth and Children's Studies
This article focuses on the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA): a self-appointed group of parliamentarians dedicated to extinguishing what it calls “the new antisemitism.” Working from a Gramscian perspective, we identify key discursive strategies in coalition publications and testimony and argue that despite the CPCCA’s pretence to being a forum for liberal-pluralist debate, in fact it is engaged in an ideological reframing of human rights designed to restrict political debate. It does so, paradoxically, by drawing on the language of left-liberalism, which contrasts with recent ideological interventions aiming to secure the priorities of the neo-liberal state.
Cairns, J. and Ferguson, S. 2011. Human Rights Revisionism and the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism. Canadian Journal of Communiciation, 36:3, pp. 415-434.