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Critical Global Semiotics
Understanding Sustainable Transformational Citizenship

Edited By

Maureen Ellis

ISBN 9780367076986
Published October 8, 2019 by Routledge
268 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Critical Global Semiotics: Understanding Sustainable Transformational Citizenship incorporates powerful unifying frameworks which make explicit a developing global consciousness. It explores transdisciplinary ‘common wealth’ through focus on multimodality, media, and metaphor, testing two universally applicable humanitarian frameworks: critical realism (CR) and systemic functional semiotics (SFS).

Every day, global citizens encounter an overwhelming host of genres and sub-genres, emergent semantic triangles, evolving semiotic trinity. Embodying philosophy, incorporating active engagement, this book addresses the political economy and cultural politics of diverse domains. Challenging daily drama and performative dharma, 24 analysts from 13 countries present current issues in Anthropology, Architecture, Dance, Feminism, Film, Health, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Politics, Pharmaceuticals, Sociology, Sustainability Education, and Urban Development.

The book’s integrative, unifying foundations will be of interest to researchers, academics, and post-graduate students in the fields of linguistics, semiotics, and critical realist philosophy, as well as to policy makers, curriculum developers, and civil society.

Table of Contents


Dr Maureen Ellis

Chapter 1. What is a global citizen? A contribution from cognitive semiotics

Professor Per Aage Brandt

Chapter 2. The Maternal Gift Economy

 Genevieve Vaughan

Chapter 3. Sustaining Sadhana: Shifting Significations of Indian Dance, and the Culture Industry

Dr Mythili Anoop

Chapter 4. Vision and Division in Performance: A Semiotic Perspective

Professor Paul Barker

Chapter 5. Political Economy and Cultural Politics of International Trade and Climate Change Negotiations

Dr Kishor Dere

Chapter 6. Citizenship between identity and alterity: a semioethic analysis of the European Constitution

Professor Susan Petrilli

Chapter 7. Layers of Meanings in Our Landscapes: Hiding in Full View

Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton, Professor Leonard Collard, Professor Pierre Horwitz

Chapter 8. Challenges of Architectural Education in Mexico: Facing the Clash between Globalization and Local Realities

Dr Anne K. Kurjenoja,  Dr Edwin Gonzalez-Meza, and Dr Melissa Schumacher-González

Chapter 9. The Future of Regeneration: Art and the Politics of Space in the Redevelopment of Nantou Old Town

Dr Li Xiaoyu and Dr Cheng-Wen Huang

Chapter 10. Semiotics and a Critical Realist Approach to Film Biography

Dr Stefan Mahorney-Childress

Chapter 11. Criticizing and Legitimizing Patent Monopolies: The Struggle over Hepatitis C Medicines in Brazil’s Digital Universe

Dr Matthew B. Flynn and Dr Eric O. Silva

Chapter12. Emergence and use of the term ‘countering violent extremism’ in the context of Iraq

Dr Victoria Lindsay

Chapter 13. New-age Child Labour in Turkey: Child Influencers on YouTube

Dr Gül Esra Atalay

Chapter 14. A multimodal social semiotic approach to patient-centred communication: authorial stance in student-designed artefacts.

Dr Rachel Weiss and Dr Arlene Archer

Chapter 15. A round peg into a square hole: transdisciplinary sustainability education in a modular mass education system.

Dr Alison J. Greig

Chapter 16. Next Generation Sustainability Leadership in Global Higher Education

Dr Wendy M. Purcell


Dr Maureen Ellis

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Maureen Ellis is a senior research associate at University College London and associate lecturer at The Open University, UK.


"The deep and rigorously academic contributions to this collection of essays present some of the issues both from the point of theory and practice. The value of the book to linguists and teachers is that the essays expand the application of language and semiotics as applied to language and symbols and extend it into the arts and social and political organisation. It is a book of essays in which we can follow our interests, be they primarily political, social or linguistic, or all three. The underlying message, however, is clear: we live in a world that is under threat and only by understanding our different societal symbols, interpreting them and recognising the commonalities lying beneath can we move forward to a sustainable future."

From Cassidy, M. (2019). Critical global semiotics: Understanding sustainable transformational citizenship (a review). Training, Language and Culture, 3(4), 68-70. doi: 10.29366/2019tlc.3.4.8