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Full Title: (Pragmatics) Personal and Collective Identities in Populist Discourse

Short Title: Populist Discourse
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Marcia Macaulay
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: This panel (IPrA 2017) will investigate the discursive characteristics of contemporary populism, aiming to identify similarities and/or differences with democratic and extremist political discourse. It will debate whether features previously considered representative of populist discourse (Laclau 2005; Finchelstein 2014), such as the marked antagonism between the ‘people’ and the élites or governing parties, the role of the leadership or the topos of crisis, maintain their applicability to today’s politics. Further research questions to be addressed regard: the discursive strategies of identity construction and legitimation of political actors; the relation between self-claimed and ascribed discursive identities; the cultural factors influencing identity construction in political discourse; the role of traditional and new media in shaping the political actors’ identities and their mobilization of the electorate. The perspective adopted is that of discursive pragmatics, which allows the integration of the linguistic and the extra-linguistic dimension in the analysis (Zienkowski 2011).

Selected References:

Finchelstein, F. (2014) Returning Populism to History. Constellations, vol.21: 467-482.
Laclau, E. (2005). On Populist Reason. Verso.
Zienkowski, J. (2011). ”Discursive pragmatics. A platform for the pragmatic study of discourse.” In: J. Zienkowski, J.O.Östman, J. Verschueren (eds.) Discursive Pragmatics. Handbook of Pragmatic Highlights. Vol.8. John Benjamins.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.3693

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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