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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics

Edited by Ruth Wodak, Bernhard Forchtner

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introducing the language-politics nexus (Ruth Wodak and Bernhard Forchtner)

Part I: Theoretical approaches to language and politics

Chapter 1: Rhetoric as a civic art from antiquity to the beginning of modernity (Sara Rubinelli)

Chapter 2: From Karl Marx to Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser (Bob Jessop)

Chapter 3: Jürgen Habermas: between democratic deliberation and deliberative democracy (Simon Susen)

Chapter 4: Michel Foucault:discourse, power/knowledge and deliberative democracy (Reiner Keller)

Chapter 5: Jacques Lacan: negotiating the pychosocial in and beyond language (Yannis Stavrakakis)

Chapter 6: The discourse theory of Ernesto Laclau (Christoffer Kølvraa)

Chapter 7: Pierre Bourdieu: ally or foe of discourse analysis? (Andrew Sayer)

Chapter 8: Conceptual history: the history of basic concepts (Jan Ifversen)

Chapter 9: Critical discourse Studies: a critical approach to the study of language and communication (Bernhard Forchtner and Ruth Wodak)

Part II: Methodical approaches to language and politics

Chapter 10: Content analysis (Roberto Franzosi)

Chapter 11: Corpus analysis (Amelie Kutter)

Chapter 12: Cognitive linguistic Critical Discourse Studies: connecting language and image (Christopher Hart)

Chapter 13: Competition metaphors and ideology: life as a race (Jonathan Charteris-Black)

Chapter 14: Legitimation and multimodality (Theo van Leeuwen)

Chapter 15: Narrative analysis (Anna de Fina)

Chapter 16: Rhetorical analysis (Claudia Posch)

Chapter 17: Understanding political issues through argumentation analysis (Ruth Amossy)

Chapter 18: Conversation analysis and the study of language and politics (Steven E. Clayman and Laura Loeb)

Chapter 19: Politics beyond words: ethnography of political institutions (Endre Dányi)

Part III: Genres of political action

Chapter 20: Parliamentary debates (Cornelia Ilie)

Chapter 21: Government communication (Sten Hansson)

Chapter 22: Press conferences (Mats Ekström and Göran Eriksson)

Chapter 23: Policymaking: documents and laws (Kristof Savski)

Chapter 24: The semiotics of political commemoration (Martin Reisigl)

Chapter 25: Mediatisation and political language (Michael Higgins)

Chapter 26: Performing politics: from the town hall to the inauguration (Jennifer Sclafani)

Chapter 27: Genres of political communication in Web 2.0 (Helmut Gruber)

Chapter 28: Music and sound as discourse and ideology: the case of the national anthem (David Machin)

Chapter 29: The language of party programs and billboards: an example of the 2014 parliamentary election campaign in Ukraine (Lina Klymenko)

Chapter 30: Caricature and comics (Randy Duncan)

Chapter 31: Meetings (Jo Angouri and Lorenza Mondada)

Part IV: Applications and cases I: language, politics, and contemporary socio-cultural challenges

Chapter 32: Climate change and the socio-ecological crisis (Anabela Carvalho)

Chapter 33: Old and dependent: the construction of a subject position for politics and care (Bernhard Weicht)

Chapter 34: Language and gendered politics: the ‘double-bind’ in action (Susan Ehrlich and Tanya Romaniuk)

Chapter 35: Queering multilingualism and politics: regimes of mobility, citizenship and (in)visibility (Tommaso M. Milani and Erez Levon)

Chapter 36: Language and globalisation (Melissa L. Curtin)

Chapter 37: A cultural political economy of Corporate Social Responsibility: the language of ‘stakeholders’ and the politics of new ethicalism (Ngai-Ling Sum)

Chapter 38: The fictionalisation of politics (Ruth Wodak and Bernhard Forchtner)

Chapter 39: Religion and the secular (Teemu Taira)

Part V: Applications and cases II: language, politics and (de)mobilisation

Chapter 40: Discursive depoliticisation and political disengagement (Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood)

Chapter 41: Identity politics, populism, and the far right (Anton Pelinka)

Chapter 42: Race, racism, discourse (Dávid Kaposi and John E. Richardson)

Chapter 43: The materiality and semiosis of inequality, class struggle and warfare: the case of home evictions in Spain (David Block)

Chapter 44: Language under totalitarian regimes: the example of political discourse in Nazi Germany (Andreas Musolff)

Chapter 45: Discursive underpinnings of war and terrorism (Adam Hodges)

About the Editors

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

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LAN015000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General