Publication details [#32311]

Johnson, Sally, Jonathan Culpeper and Stephanie Suhr. 2003. From 'politically correct councillors' to 'Blairite nonsense': discourses of 'political correctness' in three British newspapers. Discourse & Society 14 (1) : 29–48.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
SAGE Publications


This paper examines shifts in the discourse of 'political correctness' ('PC') in a corpus of articles gathered from three broadsheet UK newspapers between 1994 and 1999. Besides an overall decline in the use of 'PC'-related terms throughout the period in question, there are some interesting changes in the way in which discourses of 'political correctness' have been drawn upon as a means of framing debates over the British Labour Party.