Oppositional Discourses and Democracies (Routledge Studies by Michael Huspek

By Michael Huspek

Whilst voters take to the streets or pack meeting halls or percentage their rules throughout the minority press, they generally supply voice to truths and good judgment that experience differently been given very little airing during the to be had institutional channels provided by way of democratic states. Such discourses provide new rhetorical recommendations for the expression of citizen wants, wishes and feelings that in a different way pass unrecognized and unaddressed. in addition they provide impetus for brand new varieties of deliberation and educated motion which can bring about genuine political swap. This assortment explores the tensions among democratic states and the dynamics of citizen voice. In so doing, the gathering addresses such questions as: What position do oppositional discourses play in elevated democratization? Can oppositional discourses be sustained through the years? How do states face up to pressures to democratize? This quantity should be of curiosity to scholars and students in Politics, Sociology, and verbal exchange.

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On the contrary, we accept that the study of communicational processes and practices is, and always has been, an integral and necessary part of any attempt to understand and critically respond to what is going on in the world. Communicative practices can be as decisive in their contribution to the success or failure of a project and, by the same token, as objectionable on ethical or political grounds as any other aspect of conduct. 32 Peter E. Jones and Chik Collins Our objection, rather, is an objection to the conception of language and discourse on which CDA is founded; it is an objection to the turn to a certain school of thought in contemporary linguistics for weapons of political and social critique.

But this sidestep only appears to get round the problem – since it begs the question of how we can tell if a discursive event “contributes to the reproduction of relations of power” or not. This, we would argue, is the fatal flaw at the heart of CDA. We submit that it is actually impossible to judge the ideological flavour or implications of communicative acts independently of a consideration of the empirical facts of the relevant matter. And this for the simple reason that relations of power, while certainly having to do with attitudes of compliance or resistance as well as beliefs and moral values, are not figments of the imagination or figures of speech but real, factual relations between actual people which rest on and are inextricably entangled with such social realities as the ownership of property, wealth, rate and intensity of exploitation, rights and privileges under the law, institutional authority, political organisation, and so on.

Close textual comparison of the dossier with the plagiarised thesis shows that certain passages had been deliberately altered to beef up the case for war. For example, the original wording “aiding opposition groups in hostile regimes” turned into “supporting terrorist organisations in hostile regimes”. Once this plagiaristic tampering had been exposed, close examination of the actual claims made in the dossier became rather pointless since it was clear that its authors simply did not care whether the material was factually accurate.

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