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An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

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Volume 30, Issue 3 (Jan 2010)

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Community discourse about politics in Northern Ireland

Karyn Stapleton
  • Corresponding author
  • Senior Lecturer in Communication at the University of Ulster.
/ John Wilson
  • Corresponding author
  • Professor of Communication and Director of the Institute of Ulster Scots Studies at the University of Ulster.
Published Online: 2010-06-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text.2010.016

Abstract

Political and parliamentary discourse analysis is a well-established field of research. Such work focuses on the patterns and processes of political discourse and their relation to wider issues and ideologies. In this article, we aim to further understanding of sociopolitical processes by shifting the focus from parliamentary to community discourse about political life. With reference to data from post-devolution Northern Ireland, we examine how political and parliamentary processes are discussed and interpreted at the level of community discourse. Through this approach, we demonstrate: (a) how politics is interpreted differently within different local frames of reference; and (b) how these interpretations are grounded within broader (global) narratives and ideologies of politics. Thus, “lay” interpretations of politics can be seen as finely balanced between local and global concerns.

Keywords:: political discourse; community discourse; Northern Ireland; devolution; narrative; metaphor

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School of Communication, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland 〈

School of Communication, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland 〈


Published Online: 2010-06-17

Published in Print: 2010-05-01


Citation Information: Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text.2010.016.

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