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Community discourse about politics in Northern Ireland

Stapleton, Karyn and Wilson, John (2010) Community discourse about politics in Northern Ireland. Text & Talk, 30 (3). pp. 311-331. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1515/TEXT.2010.016


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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:political discourse; community discourse; Northern Ireland; devolution; narrative; metaphor.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
ID Code:14720
Deposited By: Dr Karyn Stapleton
Deposited On:03 Aug 2010 12:07
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 11:29

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