Discourse and Crisis

Critical perspectives

Antoon De Rycker | Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Zuraidah Mohd Don | University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ISBN 9789027206435 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027270924 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Discourse and Crisis: Critical perspectives brings together an exciting collection of studies into crisis as text and context, as unfolding process and unresolved problem. Crisis is viewed as a complex phenomenon that – in its prevalence, disruptiveness and (appearance of) inevitability – is both socially produced and discursively constituted. The book offers multiple critical perspectives: in-depth linguistically informed analyses of the discourses of power and collaboration implicated in crisis construal and recovery; detailed examination of the critical role that language plays during the crisis life-cycle; and further problematization of the semiotic-material complexity of crisis and its usefulness as an analytical concept. The research focus is on the discursive and interactive mediation of crisis in organizational, political and media texts. The volume contains contributions from across the world, offering a polyphonic overview of ‘discourse and crisis’ research. This impressive volume will be useful to researchers and academics working on the intersection of crisis, language and communication. It is also of interest to practitioners in organizational management, politics and policy, and media.
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“Though there is a wide assortment of crisis communication books, it is rare to see the terms power, ideology, and critical discourse analysis. Moreover, Discourse and Crisis takes a societal-level view on crisis rather than a strict organizational or disaster orientation. This unique focus offers a fresh perspective on crisis communication. When we consider the societal-level of crisis we should be addressing power and ideology. These factors shape the subjective nature of crises that the many contributors so richly explore. The analysis of discourse and interaction, and particularly critical discourse analysis, are the perfect choice for unpacking the role of power in crises. If you are interested in exploring a wide range of crises from a critical and societal perspective, this is the book you will want to read.”
“This excellent, wide-ranging, and often path-breaking collection shows the heuristic strength of crises as an entry point for discourse analysis. Crises are moments of profound disorientation that destabilize the taken-for-granted and open space for discursive struggles. Yet contributors also recognize the need to supplement discourse analysis by integrating other contextual and explanatory factors in order to provide a rounded explanation of crisis events, processes, construals, and outcomes. Covering many sites and scales of these phenomena, this volume is an indispensable addition to the critical literature on critical discourse analysis.”
Discourse and Crisis provides a unique examination of the importance of discourse and conversation analysis in crisis communication research. This edited volume provides many unique examples of how these methods can be meaningfully used to better understand the role of discourse in managing a wide variety of crisis. It is a must read for anyone interested in discourse and crisis communication.”
“An impressive collection that brings together a wide range of scholars from around the world and which makes an excellent contribution to our understanding of the complexities of the notion of crisis. Arrays of perceptions and interpretations of local and global, social, economic and political crises have become prevalent in recent years. The volume unpacks the conceptual relationship between crisis and discourse and convincingly shows how crises are socially produced and socially embedded, constructed in different socio-political, cultural and historical contexts. The chapters in the volume cover a range of topics, methodologies and debates within the field providing the reader with captivating cases and a comprehensive analysis. An essential reading for both students and experienced researchers which the field will embrace.”
“A useful work for anyone who has to manage a crisis – business, political, health, security – or cover it in the media. These scholarly, crisis-research essays illustrate how routine communication practices in an organization can have the potential to spark a crisis or exacerbate one. For crisis managers, it’s best to consider this work now – before your next crisis.”
Discourse and Crisis provides unique, indeed intriguing, insights into the notion of crisis. This volume, the culmination of a three-year international project, provides a veritable buffet of case studies which are stitched together quite elegantly by the editors who link – successfully – these studies with wider theoretical explorations. With 21 authors contributing 15 chapters, covering at least 10 countries (Malaysia, Kenya, Mexico, Finland, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Thailand, the USA, Australia) and the EU, Discourse and Crisis is a nuanced volume that deserves whatever accolades it receives. It is excellent in parts and good in others, and, overall, is a valuable addition to the existing literature. It will certainly appeal to numerous audiences, principally students, teachers and researchers of crisis and conflict studies, cultural studies and, of course, media and communication studies.”
“This volume is ground-breaking in the study of crisis. [...] The book should well serve multiple audiences, including academic researchers, graduate students, and professional practitioners. [...] This volume has made a fresh contribution to and enriches the critical study of language and crisis.”
“This book contributes significantly to the growing literature on discourses on crises by striving to comprehend their semiotic aspects. Unlike other edited volumes on the topic [...] De Rycker and Mohd Don adopt a broad scope and cover a diversity of crises culled from different parts of the globe (both central and peripheral), even accommodating analyses of languages other than English (e.g. Greek and Spanish). Moreover, the inclusive, multi-level and qualitative and quantitative across-method triangulation provide a comprehensive and flexible methodological approach to CDA and crisis scholars. It also meaningfully aligns ‘non-critical’ perspectives (conversation analysis, argumentation analysis, corpus-assisted discourse analysis) with CDA interests.”
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2019. ‘Crisis’ as a discursive strategy in Brexit referendum campaigns. Critical Discourse Studies 16:4  pp. 449 ff. DOI logo
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2018. Chapter 2. Reconceptualizing crisis. In Crisis and the Media [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 76],  pp. 33 ff. DOI logo
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2023. COVID-19 Crisis Management in Newspaper Articles: A Diachronic Analysis. Lingue Culture Mediazioni - Languages Cultures Mediation (LCM Journal) 10:2 DOI logo
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2023. Critical junctures beyond the black box. Journal of Language and Politics 22:1  pp. 22 ff. DOI logo
Georgalou, Mariza
Gilbert, Andrew Simon
2019. Conclusion. In The Crisis Paradigm,  pp. 207 ff. DOI logo
Hohaus, Pascal
2022. Chapter 1. Communicating science in crisis societies. In Science Communication in Times of Crisis [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 96],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Horsbøl, Anders
2018. Chapter 10. United we diverge. In Doing Politics [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 80],  pp. 235 ff. DOI logo
Huang, Mimi
2020. Introduction. In The Language of Crisis [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 87],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Jessop, Bob & Ngai-Ling Sum
2018. Language and critique: some anticipations of critical discourse studies in Marx. Critical Discourse Studies 15:4  pp. 325 ff. DOI logo
Kotzur, Gerrit
2020. Chapter 6. Metaphors for protest. In The Language of Crisis [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 87],  pp. 169 ff. DOI logo
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Lessard, Sabrina, Oluwagbemiga Oyinlola & Tamara Sussman
2024. Tragedy and value of life of older persons in long-term care homes during COVID-19: a critical discourse analysis. Ageing and Society  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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2020. Identity construction and negotiation in Chinese political discourse. Journal of Language and Politics 19:2  pp. 331 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Constructing the Discourse on the Eurozone Crisis in the Czech Republic: Presidents Václav Klaus and Miloš Zeman Compared. Politics in Central Europe 18:1  pp. 53 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Victims or intruders? Refugee portrayals in the news in Turkey, Bulgaria and the UK. Media, War & Conflict 14:3  pp. 282 ff. DOI logo
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2018. Crisis or the media?. In Crisis and the Media [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 76],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
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2016. Towards a linguistic model of crisis response (CRModel). Journal of Language and Politics 15:2  pp. 215 ff. DOI logo
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2014. Struggles over legitimacy in the Eurozone crisis: Discursive legitimation strategies and their ideological underpinnings. Discourse & Society 25:4  pp. 500 ff. DOI logo
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2019. Examining Agency in Thai Argumentative Political Science Texts. In Discourses of Southeast Asia [The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series, ],  pp. 45 ff. DOI logo
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2014. From Grexit to Grecovery: Euro/crisis discourses. Discourse & Society 25:4  pp. 417 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Resisting Foreign Hostility in China’s English-language News Media during the COVID-19 Crisis. Asian Studies Review 46:2  pp. 254 ff. DOI logo
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2019. Re-constructing “China” in a transnational context. Global Media and China 4:2  pp. 286 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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