Strategic Maneuvering for Political Change

A pragma-dialectical analysis of Egyptian anti-regime columns

| Ain Shams University, Egypt
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In Strategic Maneuvering for Political Change, the author analyzes five political columns written before 2011 by Al Aswany, a prominent Egyptian novelist, using the lens of the extended pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation. What these texts have in common is the use of narrative, fictional and semi-literary techniques to strategically maneuver in supporting the feasibility of political change. It is a contribution to explain how an anti-regime writer paved the way to the Arab Spring in Egypt, and thus goes against a common opinion that the Arab Spring in Egypt was fortuitous or a wholly social-media-based movement.

This monograph is an attempt to help argumentation theorists, linguists, analysts of narratives, and political scientists better understand and evaluate how fiction and narration can be effective means of persuasion in the domain of political communication. It therefore reconsiders the non-straightforward and artistic variants of the language of politics.

[Argumentation in Context, 16]  2019.  ix, 188 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–7
Chapter 2. Al Aswany’s call for democracy in the Al Shorouk columns
9–40
Chapter 3. An argumentative characterization of Egyptian political columns
41–63
Chapter 4. Strategic maneuvering with arguments from example: The “active people” topic
65–87
Chapter 5. Strategic maneuvering by means of a narrative perspective: The “defeatable police” topic
89–121
Chapter 6. Strategic maneuvering by means of an allegorical fable: The “victorious protesters” topic
123–152
Chapter 7. Conclusion
153–160
References
179–183
Appendix A. Egypt awakened
162–163
Appendix B. The coming civil disobedience on April 6th.
Appendix C. An unfortunate incident befalling a state security officer
169–171
Appendix D. Why was the general screaming?
173
Appendix E. A story for children and adults
177
Index of Names
Index of Terms
References

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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
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