1st Edition

Discourse in the Digital Age Social Media, Power, and Society

Edited By Eleonora Esposito, Majid KhosraviNik Copyright 2024
    312 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection makes the case for existing critical discourse analysis theory and methods to meaningfully engage with the communicative parameters, power dynamics, and technological affordances of contemporary digital spaces.

    This book lends a critical focus on discursive practices operating through the paradigm of social media communication, addressing the crucial interface of discourse and the participatory web with disciplinary rigour and a well-balanced focus.

    This volume features chapters highlighting a diverse range of methods, including multi-sited ethnography, multimodality, argumentation studies, and topic modelling, as applied to a global range of case studies to present a holistic portrait of the latest methodological and theoretical debates in this space. The collection demonstrates the many and pervasive impacts of digital mediation on established discursive practices that are (re-)shaping existing social values, practices, and demands. In so doing, the collection advocates for a new tradition in critical discourse research, one which is rigorous in accounting for both solid discursive frameworks and the evolving complexity of digital platforms, and which triangulates methodologies in order to fully make sense of contemporary discursive practices and power relations on the online-offline continuum.

    This collection will be of interest to students and scholars in critical discourse studies, digital communication, media studies, and anthropology.

    Contents, List of Contributors, Discourse in the Digital Age: A Critical Introduction - Eleonora Esposito and Majid KhosraviNik, Part 1: Digital Discourses: Ethical and Interdisciplinary Reflections, Chapter 2: Towards the Ethical Use of Digital Data in CDS: Challenges and Opportunities - Jessica Aiston, Chapter 3: Introducing Discourse-Driven Text Mining: a novel method to critically analyse discourses on Twitter - Lorella Viola, Part 2: Digital Discourses of Misogyny and Gender-based Violence, Chapter 4: The Reddit manosphere as a text and place: a three-part analysis Alexandra Krendel, Chapter 5: Discourses of Public Breastfeeding on Russophone Social Media: A Discursive-Material Analysis of VKontakte Discussions - Kseniia Semykina and Oksana Dorofeeva, Part 3: Digital Discourses of Hate and Discrimination , Chapter 6: Reject Rohingya and Send Them Back!’:  Digital Discourses of Nationalism and Xenophobia in the time of Pandemic Siti Nurnadilla Mohamad Jamil, Chapter 7: Subtle hate speech and the recontextualisation of antisemitism online: Analysing argumentation on Facebook - Dimitris Serafis and Salomi Boukala, Part 4: Digital Discourses of Counter-hegemony and Protest , Chapter 8: From participatory politics to fan activism: Digital discursive practices during the Chilean student mobilizations - Camila Cárdenas-Neira, Chapter 9: Analysing digital discourses of the #EndMaleGuardianshipSystem campaign in Saudi Arabia: a focus on YouTube and News Media - Nouf Alotaibi, Part 5: Digital Discourses of Power, Knowledge, and Legitimisation, Chapter 10: The disruption of power asymmetry in online medical consultations in China: A social media critical discourse studies approach - Yu Zhang, Chapter 11: Legitimising Change: Digital Journalism Discourse and Social Media Communication Philippa Smith and Helen Sissons, Chapter 12: Wikipedia discourse about social media – Facebook between community and corporation - Susanne Kopf


    Eleonora Esposito is a researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra (Spain) and a Seconded National Expert to the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission. A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Alumna (2019–2021), Eleonora has been investigating complex intersections between language, identity, and the digitalised society in a number of global contexts, encompassing the EU, the Anglophone Caribbean, and the Middle East.

    Majid KhosraviNik is a reader in digital media and discourse studies at Newcastle University (UK). He is interested in the intersection of social media technologies, discourse, and politics. His most recent work pertains to the integration of analysis of technology and discourse under the notion of techno-discursive analysis as a model for the critical analysis of digital discourse formation and perception.