Communication and Discourse Theory: Collected Works of the Brussels Discourse Theory Group, Leen Van Brussel, Nico Carpentier and Benjamin de Cleen (Ed.) (2019)

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This volume gathers the work of the Brussels Discourse Theory Group, a group of critical media and communication scholars that deploy discourse theory as a theoretical backbone and an analytical research perspective. The book seeks to show the value and applicability of discourse-theoretical analysis (DTA) within the field of media and communication studies, through a variety of case studies that highlight both the radical contingent nature and the hegemonic workings of media and communication practices.


Introduction: Discourse Theory, Media and Communication, and the Work of the Brussels Discourse Theory Group, by Nico Carpentier, Benjamin De Cleen, and Leen Van Brussel

Section 1: Political Ideologies

Chapter 1: Crisis, Austerity, and Opposition in Mainstream Media Discourses in Greece, by Yiannis Mylonas
Chapter 2: (Re)Articulating Feminism: A Discourse Analysis of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative Election Campaign, by Kirill Filimonov and Jakob Svensson
Chapter 3: The Stage as an Arena of Politics: The Struggle between the Vlaams Blok/Belang and the Flemish City Theaters, by Benjamin De Cleen

Section 2: The Politics of Everyday Life

Chapter 4: A Discourse-Theoretical Approach to Death and Dying, by Leen Van Brussel
Chapter 5: Putting Your Relationship to the Test: Constructions of Fidelity, Seduction, and Participation in Temptation Island, by Nico Carpentier

Section 3: Production

Chapter 6: The Postmodern Challenge to Journalism: Strategies for Constructing a Trustworthy Identity, by Jo Bogaerts and Nico Carpentier
Chapter 7: The Particularity of Objectivity: A Poststructuralist and Psychoanalytical Reading of the Gap between Objectivity-as-a-Value and Objectivity-as-a-Practice in the 2003 Iraqi War Coverage, by Nico Carpentier and Marit Trioen

Section 4: Audiences and Participation

Chapter 8: The Articulation of “Audience” in Chinese Communication Research, by Guiquan Xu
Chapter 9: Articulating the Visitor in Public Knowledge Institutions, by Krista Lepik and Nico Carpentier
Chapter 10: To be a Common Hero: The Uneasy Balance between the Ordinary and Ordinariness in the Subject Position of Mediated Ordinary People in the Talk Show Jan Publiek, by Nico Carpentier and Wim Hannot

Section 5: Activism and Resistance

Chapter 11: Online Barter and Counter-Hegemonic Resistance, by Giulia Airaghi
Chapter 12: Activist Fantasies on ICT-Related Social Change in Istanbul, by Itır Akdogikan
Chapter 13: Contesting the Populist Claim on “The People” through Popular Culture: The 0110 Concerts versus the Vlaams Belang, by Benjamin De Cleen and Nico CarpentierCleen and Nico Carpentier

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