1st Edition

Discourses of (De)Legitimization Participatory Culture in Digital Contexts

Edited By Andrew S. Ross, Damian J. Rivers Copyright 2019
    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the ways in which digital communication facilitate and inform discourses of legitimization and delegitimization in contemporary participatory cultures. The book draws on multiple theoretical traditions from critical discourse analysis to allow for a greater critical engagement of the ways in which values are either justified or criticized on social media platforms across a variety of social milieus, including the personal, political, religious, corporate, and commercial. The volume highlights data from across ten national contexts and a range of online platforms to demonstrate how these discursive practices manifest themselves differently across a range of settings. Taken together, the seventeen chapters in this book offer a more informed understanding of how these discursive spaces help us to interpret the manner in which digital communication can be used to legitimize or delegitimize, making this book an ideal resource for students and scholars in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, new media, and media production.

    Introduction: (De)Legitimization and Participation in the Digitized Public Sphere

    Andrew S. Ross and Damian J. Rivers

    Part I: Participatory Language Use Online and Discursive Positioning

    Chapter 1: (De)Legitimizing Language Uses in Language Ideological Debates Online

    Antonio Reyes

    Chapter 2: Persuasion by Commonality: Legitimizing Actions through Discourse on Common Sense in a Japanese Advice Forum

    Giancarla Unser-Schutz

    Chapter 3: A Name Rightly Given? The Use, Abuse, and Adoption of the Term "Cybernat" During the Scottish Referendum Debate

    Rowan R. Mackay

    Chapter 4: Online Performances of Expertise by Sustainability Practitioners: Tracing Communicative Episodes of Professional (De)Legitimization

    Rahul Mitra

    Part II: Discursive (De)Legitimization through Social Media Participation

    Chapter 5: ‘Stop the Boats’: Internet Memes as Case Study of Multimodal Delegitimization of Australian Refugee Policy Rhetoric

    Andrew S. Ross

    Chapter 6: Understanding Participatory Culture through Hashtag Activism after the Orlando Pulse Tragedy

    Nicholas DeArmas, Jennifer Roth Miller, Wendy Givoglu, David Thomas Moran and Stephanie Vie

    Chapter 7: Digital Narratives of Struggle and Legitimacy in the Arab Spring

    Aditi Bhatia

    Chapter 8: Not the Desired Offspring: #FertilityDay, the Italian Ministry of Health, and the Campaign that Wasn’t

    Tommaso Trillò

    Chapter 9: Nike Y U No Do It Yourself: Decrowning Brands by Means of Memes

    Vittorio Montieri

    Part III: (De)Legitimization in Production, Participation and Performance

    Chapter 10: Always On, But Never There: Political Parody, the Carnivalesque, and the Rise of the ‘Nectorate’

    Annamaria Neag and Richard Berger

    Chapter 11: Trolling as Creative Insurgency: The Carnivalesque Delegitimization of Putin and His Supporters in Online Newspaper Commentary

    Alla V. Tovares

    Chapter 12: Political Cartoons as Creative Insurgency: Delegitimization in the Culture of Convergence

    Damian J. Rivers

    Chapter 13: Participation That Makes a Difference and Differences in Participation: Highrise – An Interactive Documentary Project for Change

    Anna Wiehl

    Chapter 14: Film Festival Participation and Identity Formation: Non-Professional Creativity and the Pleasures of Mobile Filmmaking

    Gavin Wilson

    Part IV: (De)Legitimizing Participatory Discourses of Religion

    Chapter 15: Modding as a Strategy to (De)Legitimize Representations of Religion in the Civilization Game Franchise

    Stefan Werning

    Chapter 16: Identity, Social Media and Religion: (De)Legitimization of Identity Construction through the Language of Religion

    Soudeh Ghaffari


    Andrew S. Ross is a Lecturer in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests are interdisciplinary and varied but include critical discourse studies, political communication, discourses of new media, and sociolinguistics. His work has been published such venues as Communication and Sport, The Language Learning Journal, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, and Discourse, Context and Media, and Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. He is the co-editor of the volume The Sociolinguistics of Hip-Hop as Critical Conscience: Dissatisfaction and Dissent (2017). See www.asross.com

    Damian J. Rivers is an Associate Professor [Communication] at Future University Hakodate, Japan. His research interests concern critical pedagogies, the discourse of social media and political communities of participation, and expressions of power within educational philosophy, policy and practice. He is co-author of Beyond Native-Speakerism: Current Explorations and Future Visions (2018, Routledge), editor of Resistance to the Known: Counter-Conduct in Language Education (2015) and co-editor of Isms in Language Education: Oppression, Intersectionality and Emancipation (2017), The Sociolinguistics of Hip-Hop as Critical Conscience: Dissatisfaction and Dissent (2017), Native-Speakerism in Japan: Intergroup Dynamics in Foreign Language Education (2013) and Social Identities and Multiple Selves in Foreign Language Education (2013). See www.hakodate7128.com.