This book demonstrates the importance of understanding how political rhetoric, financial reporting and media coverage of austerity in transnational contexts is significant to the communicative, social and economic environments in which we live. It considers how aspects of moral storytelling, language, representation and ideology operate through societies in financial crisis and through governments that impose austerity programmes on public spending. Whilst many of the debates covered here are concerned with UK economic policy and British social contexts, the contributions also consider examples from other countries that reflect similar concerns on the ideological operations of austerity and financial discourse. The multiple discursive contexts of austerity demonstrate the breadth of social concerns and conflicts that have developed in societies and institutions following the global economic crisis of 2008. Through its interdisciplinary focus on this topic, this book provides an important contribution across multiple subject areas, with shared interests in critical and analytical approaches to discourse, power and language in social contexts reflecting the healthy collaborative scope of critical discourse studies as a field of research. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Discourse Studies.
1. Financial crisis and austerity: interdisciplinary concerns in critical discourse studies Darren Kelsey, Frank Mueller, Andrea Whittle and Majid KhosraviNik
2. Accounting for the banking crisis: repertoires of agency and structure Andrea Whittle and Frank Mueller
3. Protesting Too Much: Alastair Darling’s constructions after the Financial Crash Catherine Walsh
4. Evaluating policy as argument: the public debate over the first UK austerity budget Isabela Fairclough
5. How Malthusian ideology crept into the newsroom: British tabloids and the coverage of the ‘underclass’ Steven Harkins and Jairo Lugo-Ocando
6. ‘I think it’s absolutely exorbitant!’: how UK television news reported the shareholder vote on executive remuneration at Barclays in 2012 Richard Thomas
7. Organizing the (Sociomaterial) Economy: Ritual, agency, and economic models Amanda Szabo