Article published in:Speaking of Europe: Approaches to complexity in European political discourse
Edited by Kjersti Fløttum
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 49] 2013
► pp. 171–188
The virtue of overinterpretations and speculations in political discourse analysis
In this chapter we take issue with the widespread view that overinterpretations and speculations are signs of weak research and tendentious treatment of data. This view is damaging to the study of political discourse as it encourages the reproduction of common sense and normalcy. In this chapter we therefore argue for the necessity of speculative readings and overinterpretations in studies of political discourse. Extreme and speculative readings of political language – readings that do too much to the data and that read too much into the texts – are crucial for the fine-grained analysis of the intricate ways in which soft power is exercised through discourse. Overinterpretations and speculations are, we suggest, essential for the political analysis of political discourse.
Published online: 16 April 2013
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