Manufacturing Dissent

Manipulation and counter-manipulation in times of crisis

ORCID logoCornelia Ilie | Strömstad Academy, Sweden
ISBN 9789027214447 | EUR 110.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027248596 | EUR 110.00 | USD 143.00
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Spotlighting case studies of manipulation practices at the onset of the Covid-19 crisis in different countries and socio-political circumstances, the authors expose context-specific discourse and argumentation strategies of 'infodemics’ (misleading information and fake news), public policy mismanagement, deceptive online and offline communication tactics, and conspiracy narratives, which end up disrupting community social cohesion. In addition to targeting manipulation-driven dissent across discourse genres through corpus-based investigations, a major strength of this volume consists in debunking manipulation while foregrounding compelling acts of counter-manipulation.
The volume’s breadth of topics, depth of analytical insights and range of methodological frameworks provide unique perspectives by capturing crisis-related manipulations across a worldwide political and cultural spectrum (Austria, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States), with a focus on the scale and extent of multifaceted repercussions. Reaching beyond the boundaries of pragmatics and discourse analysis, this book should be a valuable resource for researchers and practitioners of rhetoric, argumentation, media studies, social and political sciences.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 339] 2024.  vi, 311 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“While deception and manipulation are a regular feature of human interaction, in Manufacturing Dissent, Professor Cornelia Ilie has adroitly marshalled a compelling collection of studies that demonstrate the growing role of manipulation in political and institutional life. It is a must-read for scholars of discourse analysis, communication and pragmatics, and indeed anyone interested in better understanding the current time of seemingly never-ending crises.”
“Through a range of innovative and compelling state-of-the art chapters, this volume advances and illuminates our understanding of manipulation and counter-manipulative strategies. Importantly, cross-cultural investigations construe these phenomena as situated, tied (among others) to core discourse processes such as identity construction and intergroup communication, which shape and are shaped by societal values and ideologies. Manufacturing Dissent: Manipulation and counter-manipulation in times of crisis is destined to become a major reference for scholars and advanced students of manipulation.”
“The volume Manufacturing Dissent captures the problematics and paradoxes of manipulative communication and its dissent-inducing effects through a diversity of discursive, meta-discursive and inter-discursive perspectives on co-constructed manipulation by diverse actors across national, cultural and institutional contexts. The potential readership extends beyond discourse studies and includes academics and practitioners in politics, national security, conflict resolution, and other areas.”

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2023952492 | Marc record