Community discourse about politics in Northern Ireland

Karyn Stapleton, John Wilson

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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.
LanguageEnglish
Pages311-331
JournalText & Talk
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Ideologies
politics
discourse
community
interpretation
discourse analysis
decentralization
narrative
Northern Ireland
Discourse Community
Parliamentary
Ideology
Political Discourse
Discourse Analysis
Parliamentary Discourse
Devolution
Frame of Reference
Political Life

Keywords

  • political discourse
  • community discourse
  • Northern Ireland
  • devolution
  • narrative
  • metaphor.

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Stapleton, Karyn ; Wilson, John. / Community discourse about politics in Northern Ireland. In: Text & Talk. 2010 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 311-331.
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