"Brexit" as a Social and Political Crisis
Discourses in Media and Politics
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Through a focus on media and political discourses both before and after the UK 2016 EU Referendum, this volume provides a set of comprehensive, empirically based analyses of Brexit as a social and political crisis. The book explores a variety of context-dependent, ideologically driven, social, political and economic imaginaries that have been attached to the idea/concept of Brexit in the UK and internationally.
The volume’s wider contribution has three dimensions. First, it provides evidence of how the Brexit referendum debate and its immediate reactions were discursively framed and made sense of by a variety of social and political actors and through different media. Secondly, the contributors show how such discourses were reflexive of the wider path-dependent historical and political processes which have been instrumental in pre-defining the key pathways along which Brexit has been articulated. Thirdly, the book identifies key patterns of national and international framing in order to discover the key, recurrent discursive trajectories in the ongoing process of Brexit – including after UK’s formal departure from the EU in January 2020 – while putting forward an agenda for its further, in depth and systematic analysis in, in particular, politics and the media.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Critical Discourse Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction - The critical juncture of Brexit in media & political discourses: from national-populist imaginary to cross-national social and political crisis
Franco Zappettini and Michał Krzyżanowski
1. Splendid isolation again? Brexit and the role of the press and online media in re-narrating the European discourse
2. The Brexit referendum: how trade and immigration in the discourses of the official campaigns have legitimised a toxic (inter)national logic
3. ‘Out is out and that’s it the people have spoken’: uses of vox pops in UK TV news coverage of the Brexit referendum
4. Populism at work: the language of the Brexiteers and the European Union
Carlo Ruzza and Milica Pejovic
5. ‘Crisis’ as a discursive strategy in Brexit referendum campaigns
6. Brexit and the imaginary of ‘crisis’: a discourse-conceptual analysis of European news media
Franco Zappettini is Lecturer in Communication and Media and Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Liverpool, UK. His research focuses on the textual/discursive analysis of different forms of political and organisational communication including mediated forms of populism, such as tabloid populism and Euroscepticism in the British press. He has published internationally in peer-reviewed journals. His latest publication is the monograph ‘European identities in Discourse: A transnational citizens’ perspective’ Bloomsbury (2019).
Michał Krzyżanowski is Chair in Media and Communication Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. He also holds a research appointment as a Chair in Communication & Media at the University of Liverpool, UK, and 2018–19 was Albert Bonnier Jr. Guest Professor in Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. He is one of the leading international experts in critical discourse studies of media and political communication. His key research interests are in dynamics of right-wing populist discourse, normalisation of racism and politics of exclusion as well as in diachronic analyses of politicisation and mediation of crisis in European and transnational media. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Language and Politics and a co-editor of the Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies book series.