Discourse and Political Culture

The language of the Third Way in Germany and the UK

ORCID logoMichael Kranert | University of Southampton
ISBN 9789027204219 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027262042 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This book presents a new approach to comparative politico-linguistic discourse analysis. It takes a transdisciplinary stance and combines analytical tools from linguistic discourse analysis (keywords, metaphors, argumentation, genre) and political science (political culture, comparative politics, ideologies). It is comprehensive in its introduction of approaches from the German tradition of politico-linguistics. This tradition has not, thus far, been accessible to a non-German speaking readership and hence the volume adds insights into the mechanics of political discourse from a diverse set of viewpoints.
The book analyses the modernisation discourses in social democratic parties in Britain and Germany between 1994 and 2003, a project that was named ‘Third Way’. It demonstrates how political language and political culture are related and how politicians will adapt a global ideology to local political circumstances in order to convince the electorate. At the same time, the book presents new insights into the German political culture and the version of Third Way discourses in the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) under the leadership of Gerhard Schröder which have played a key role in shaping current political discourse in Germany. It concludes with a model for the study of political discourse which makes the work relevant to scholars in Social Sciences and beyond.
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“This book presents an innovative linguistic approach to compare the political discourses and cultures of Germany and the UK. Taking into consideration the different political contexts throughout the discussion of the Third Way discourses, it should appeal to a broad audience from linguists to social and political scientists.”
“Kranert’s study represents an important contribution to comparative political discourse analysis, combining approaches from different research traditions and offering an in-depth analysis that covers context, genre, argumentation strategies and linguistic features alike. While the study and its findings are of clear historical interest, the model of political discourse analysis that Kranert develops is applicable to a broad range of present and future contexts.”
“Kranert's study shows in convincing and very valuable ways how the contexts of different political cultures shape respective discourses and what linguistic analyses can contribute to comparative studies of polity and politics.”
“Kranert’s well written analysis offers interesting findings concerning the ‘Third Way’-discourse in general as well as theoretical implications for future research. [...] Kranert’s book thus poses a valuable contribution and will hopefully stimulate further research at the intersection of linguistics and political science.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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