Analysing Citizenship Talk

Social positioning in political and legal decision-making processes

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| University of Bayreuth
| University of Bielefeld
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Citizenship talk refers to various types of discourse initiated to make citizens take part in politically and socially contested decision-making processes (‘citizen participation’). ‘Citizenship’ has, accordingly, become one of the dazzling key words whenever the democratic deficit of modern societies is moaned about. Asking for citizenship to be conceived of as a communicative achievement, the present book shows that sociolinguistics and pragmatics can essentially contribute to this interdisciplinary up-to-date issue of research: the volume offers a theoretically innovative concept of communicated citizenship and it presents a set of methodological approaches suited to deal with this concept at an empirical level (including contributions from Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Positioning Theory, Speech Act Theory and Ethnography). Furthermore, concrete data and empirical analyses are provided which take up the case of decision-making processes around the application of modern ‘green’ biotechnology (‘GMO field trials’). The volume thus illustrates the kind of findings and results that can be expected from this new and promising approach towards citizenship talk.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
vii
Introduction
Heiko Hausendorf and Alfons Bora
1–19
PART I. COMMUNICATING CITIZENSHIP AS RESEARCH SUBJECT
Communicating citizenship and social positioning: Theoretical concepts
Alfons Bora and Heiko Hausendorf
23–49
Licensing plant GMOs: A brief overview over European regulatory conditions for the deliberate release of genetically modified plants
Alfons Bora
50–60
Procedure and participation: A social theoretical assessment of GM licensing procedures in Ireland and the UK
Patrick O'Mahony and Siobhan O'Sullivan
61–82
PART II. COMMUNICATING CITIZENSHIP AS A METHODOLOGICAL CHALLENGE
Reconstructing social positioning in discourse: Methodological basics and their implementation from a conversation analysis perspective
Heiko Hausendorf and Alfons Bora
85–97
Critical Discourse Analysis and Citizenship
Norman Fairclough, Simon Pardoe and Bronislaw Szerszynski
98–123
A critical comparison of the investigative gaze of three approaches to text analysis
Tracey Skillington
124–150
Communicating citizenship in verbal interaction: Principles of a speech act oriented discourse analysis
Marina Sbisà
151–180
Communicative involvement in public discourse: Considerations on an ethnographic inventory and a proposal for the analysis of modes of citizenship
Thomas Spranz-Fogasy
181–195
PART III. COMMUNICATING CITIZENSHIP IN DISCOURSE:EMPIRICAL ASPECTS
Opening up the public space: On the framing and re-framing of a discussion meeting about GMO field trials
Ingrid Furchner and Peter Münte
199–222
Personal reference, social categorisation and the communicative achievement of citizenship: Comments on a local public meeting on GMO field trials
Zsuzsanna Iványi, András Kertész, Kornélia Marinecz and Nóra Máté
223–250
Quotations as a vehicle for social positioning
Jana Holšánová
251–275
On doing being personal: Citizen talk as an identity-suspending device in public debates on GMOs
Henrike Padmos, Harrie Mazeland and Hedwig te Molder
276–295
APPENDIX
Data extracts from a local public meeting on GMO field trials
296–359
Index
361–368
“The book [...] provides valuable insights into citizenship talk, principally due to its multiple approach design. The reader can expect primarily methodological considerations of participatory discourse, drawing on a wide range of approaches in contemporary discourse studies.”
“Findings presented in the book are relevant to anyone interested in political, social and cultural processes from a linguistic/discourse-analytic point of view. The book is a valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary fields of research at the interface between linguistics and social sciences.”
Subjects

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Sociology

Sociology
BIC Subject: GTC – Communication studies
BISAC Subject: LAN004000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005055893
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