Critical Discourse Studies

ISSNs: 1740-5904, 1740-5912

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  1. Coercive persuasion in the rebranding Nigeria campaign discourse.Adeyemi Adegoju - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):36-52.
    ABSTRACT This article examines the discursive practices of coercive persuasion deployed by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communications to justify the rebranding Nigeria campaign as a policy designed for value reorientation of the citizenry in the wake of the country’s image crisis both domestically and internationally. Sampling data from select addresses and interviews of the country’s chief image maker during the campaign, the study analyses some discourse structures and strategies in the public discourse, drawing theoretical insights from van Dijk’s Critical (...)
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  2. Modeling public perception in times of crisis: discursive strategies in Trump’s COVID-19 discourse.Alena Chepurnaya - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):70-87.
    ABSTRACT The article presents an attempt to analyze the strategic perspective of discourse, applying Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) concepts and Crisis Communication analytical tools. The study aims to reveal key strategies employed by a political actor to form public perception while communicating a crisis, based on Donald Trump’s discourse on the COVID-19 pandemic. Results suggest four groups of strategies: (1) legitimization (through emotions, altruism, a hypothetical future, voices of expertise, rationality, defeasibility, simple denial and bolstering), (2) delegitimization (through negative evaluations, (...)
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  3. The transgressive rhetoric of standup comedy in China.Gengsong Gao & Dan Chen - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):1-17.
    ABSTRACT Public discourse under authoritarian rule is not monolithic. Yet how popular rhetoric engages with the hegemonic rhetoric in the same discursive space remains understudied. This article examines the rhetoric of a standup comedy show in China, streamed online and widely popular among Chinese millennials, to understand how alternative views on social issues can coexist with the hegemonic rhetoric. Using critical discourse analysis, it argues that some standup comedy performances transgress the hegemonic rhetoric of 'positive energy' without outright subversion. Comedians (...)
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  4. Language of conflict: discourses of the Ukrainian crisis: edited by Natalia Knoblock, New York, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020, 296 pp., $39.95 (paperback), ISBN 9781350192881. [REVIEW]Jingyi Huang - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):108-110.
    This book is characterized by its attention to the crisis communication in Ukraine from the discourse-analytical perspective, particularly focusing on the political situation in Ukraine and its com...
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  5. Language of conflict: discourses of the Ukrainian crisis.Jingyi Huang - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):108-110.
    This book is characterized by its attention to the crisis communication in Ukraine from the discourse-analytical perspective, particularly focusing on the political situation in Ukraine and its com...
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  6. Politics, ethnicity and the postcolonial nation: a critical analysis of political discourse in the Caribbean.Xue Li - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):106-108.
    There is increasing interest in integrating Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) into political analysis. However, CDS has largely centered around Western Europe, the USA and Australia, and barely touc...
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  7. ‘I had to work through what people would think of me’: negotiating ‘problematic single motherhood’ as a solo or single adoptive mum.Jai Mackenzie - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):88-105.
    ABSTRACT This article considers how five single mothers, who used adoption or donor conception to bring children into their lives, negotiate a persistent and pervasive discourse of ‘problematic single motherhood’ in their interview talk. Tactics of intersubjectivity (Bucholtz & Hall [2005]. Identity and interaction: A sociocultural linguistic approach. Discourse Studies, 7(4–5), 585–614.), especially the overlapping strategies of distinction, authorisation and illegitimation, are shown to be particularly salient for these parents, as they work to legitimise their routes to motherhood by distancing (...)
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  8. Humiliating and dividing the nation in the British pro-Brexit press: a corpus-assisted analysis.Tamsin Parnell - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):53-69.
    ABSTRACT Since the United Kingdom’s referendum on European Union (EU) membership in 2016, a new political cleavage of Remainers and Leavers has developed (Kelley, N. [2019]. British social attitudes survey: Britain’s shifting identities and attitudes. (36). National Centre for Research). This paper explores how five pro-Brexit newspapers discursively construct political division in Britain in relation to two key events in the final year of Britain’s EU membership: the extension of the withdrawal process past the original date of March, and the (...)
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    From space to spatiality: critical spatial discourse analysis as a framework for the geo-graphing of media texts.Fulya Vatansever - 2023 - Critical Discourse Studies 20 (1):18-35.
    The myriad ways in which spatiality, or socially produced space, impinges on media texts is the overarching concern of this study. Responding to Edward Soja’s call for an assertive foregrounding of a critical spatial perspective, this article is an ontological reassertion of space in relation to news media discourse and argues that the socially constructed spatiality of a journalistic text is just as revealingly significant as its historicality and sociality. Introduced here is Critical Spatial Discourse Analysis (CSDA), a methodological framework (...)
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