Strange fruit: The rise of Brazil’s ‘new right-wing’ and the Non-Partisan School Movement

Richard Romancini, Fernanda Castilho

Abstract


The new right-wing Brazilian Non-Partisan School Movement (in Portuguese, Escola Sem Partido, or ESP) was created in 2004 to denounce ‘indoctrination in schools’. It has, however, had greater repercussions via a strong presence on social media. The objective of this article is to analyse these discussions on Twitter. ESP’s official discourse and theoretical discussions about the role of social networks supported this study. The content and network analyses of the tweets reveal the following relevant conclusions: the dissemination of content is much stronger than any discussion, on the part of both the new right wing and the left-wing partisans; there is a predominance of ESP supporters in a discussion that has characteristics of an ‘anti-public sphere’; communication between these two groups is weak; and the tone of the content spread by ESP supporters resonates with many features of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s communication style.


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Activism, Brazil’s new right-wing, Jair Bolsonaro, Non-Partisan School Movement, Twitter

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