1st Edition

Social Media Critical Discourse Studies

Edited By Majid KhosraviNik Copyright 2023

    Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) aims to enhance our understanding of how discourse figures in social processes, social structures, and social change. This book is in response to specific changes in mediation technologies of discourse, brought about by the significant concentration of discursive practices within the paradigm of social media communication. This book addresses this participatory media context against a broadly defined tradition in CDS, its aspirations, assumptions, and critique. It views discourse as forms of structured representations across a range of modalities of communication including the emerging meaning‐making artefacts and practices across social media. It aspires to provide an overview of the key considerations in doing CDS on social media spaces. The book firstly provides a set of aspiration signposting the parameters of doing social media CDS followed by critical explorations of a number of contemporary case studies of digital discourses around identity, politics and representation. It includes various social media communication including YouTube, Instagram, Wikipedia, and Twitter. The book will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of linguistics, politics, sociology, communication studies, media and cultural studies, and science and technology studies. It was originally published as a special issue of the journal Critical Discourse Studies.

    1. Digital meaning-making across content and practice in social media critical discourse studies

    Majid KhosraviNik

    2. Social media and terrorism discourse: the Islamic State’s (IS) social media discursive content and practices

    Majid KhosraviNik and Mohammedwesam Amer

    3. Proximization, prosumption and salience in digital discourse: on the interface of social media communicative dynamics and the spread of populist ideologies

    Monika Kopytowska

    4. Discourses of celebrities on Instagram: digital femininity, self-representation and hate speech

    Soudeh Ghaffari

    5. From ‘echo chambers’ to ‘chaos chambers’: discursive coherence and contradiction in the #MeToo Twitter feed

    Gwen Bouvier

    6. Participation and deliberative discourse on social media – Wikipedia talk pages as transnational public spheres?

    Susanne Kopf

    7. The spatial, networked and embodied agency of social media: a critical discourse perspective on Banksy’s political expression

    Bolette B. Blaagaard and Mette Marie Roslyng


    Majid KhosraviNik is a senior lecturer in Digital Media & Discourse Studies at Newcastle University (UK). He is a founder and convenor of the Newcastle Critical Discourse Group and sits on the board of the Journal of Language & Politics and Critical Discourse Studies, as well as serving as an expert reviewer for ERC actions, including Marie Curie IF, Combating Digital Misogyny, Islamophobia and Racism, British ESRC and several other international research funding organisations. Majid 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.