1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics

Edited By Ruth Wodak, Bernhard Forchtner Copyright 2018
    738 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    738 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics provides a comprehensive overview of this important and dynamic area of study and research. Language is indispensable to initiating, justifying, legitimatising and coordinating action as well as negotiating conflict and, as such, is intrinsically linked to the area of politics. With 45 chapters written by leading scholars from around the world, this Handbook covers the following key areas:

    • Overviews of the most influential theoretical approaches, including Bourdieu, Foucault, Habermas and Marx;

    • Methodological approaches to language and politics, covering – among others –  content analysis, conversation analysis, multimodal analysis and narrative analysis;

    • Genres of political action from speech-making and policy to national anthems and billboards;

    • Cutting-edge case studies about hot-topic socio-political phenomena, such as ageing, social class, gendered politics and populism.

    The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics is a vibrant survey of this key field and is essential reading for advanced students and researchers studying language and politics.


    Ruth Wodak is Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK; she remains affiliated to the University of Vienna, Austria.

    Bernhard Forchtner is a Lecturer at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester, UK.

    Advisory Board

    Adam Jaworski, Hong Kong University

    Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

    Deborah Stone, Brandeis University, USA

    Teun van Dijk, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

    'The book is of immense value to young researchers as well as undergraduates. All the chapters are well referenced and the relevance of the approach is illustrated with case studies in Parts IV and V. (...) The book is a model of inter-disciplinary research and should be read closely by those interested in language and politics.'

    - Georgi Asatryan, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, John Benjamins Publishing Company