When the melting pot spills over: The contemporary populist backlash of perceived immigration pressures in Brazil and the United States
|Titre||When the melting pot spills over: The contemporary populist backlash of perceived immigration pressures in Brazil and the United States|
|Type de publication||Article|
|Année de publication||2020|
|Titre de la revue||Diálogos|
|Titre de la série/collection||Dossier: International, transcontinental and intrarregional human mobilities: biopower, migrant strategies, and representations|
President Donald Trump of the United States and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil have both employed strategic anti-immigration, xenophobic discourse and policy as a political tool to both attract and solidify their electoral bases. In both cases, campaign rhetoric has carried into the administration. The implications of this strategy on public perceptions of immigrants will be considered through the underlying foundation of Michel Foucault‟s theories on biopower and biopolitics and their mobilization through political discourse and public policy. The study ultimately questions to what extent this reactionary political agenda of a motivated minority represents a long-lasting trend in public opinion regarding the social model these countries have historically been built upon, particularly in a polarized political environment.