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Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe
 
 
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19 Dec 2008
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This interdisciplinary volume explores the discursive construction of post-1989 social change in Central and Eastern Europe. Encompassing a set of national case studies on countries such as Czech Republic, former East-Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia or other Balkan states, the volume explores processes of post-communist transformation from the point of view of accelerating and unique dynamics of linguistic and discursive practices. Highlighting the micro-macro link, those practices are examined within – as well as at the cross-section of – the public domain (in politics, media, religion or civil society) and the private sphere (within individual experiences of post-communism). Providing in-depth, systematic analysis of discourse in different situations, contributions to the volume analyse diverse forms of social, political, cultural, economic or institutional transformation in post-communist contexts. The analysis points to several differences and similarities between ways in which discourse influences the unprecedented social change across Central and Eastern Europe.


Description

This interdisciplinary volume explores the discursive construction of post-1989 social change in Central and Eastern Europe. Encompassing a set of national case studies on countries such as Czech Republic, former East-Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia or other Balkan states, the volume explores processes of post-communist transformation from the point of view of accelerating and unique dynamics of linguistic and discursive practices. Highlighting the micro-macro link, those practices are examined within – as well as at the cross-section of – the public domain (in politics, media, religion or civil society) and the private sphere (within individual experiences of post-communism). Providing in-depth, systematic analysis of discourse in different situations, contributions to the volume analyse diverse forms of social, political, cultural, economic or institutional transformation in post-communist contexts. The analysis points to several differences and similarities between ways in which discourse influences the unprecedented social change across Central and Eastern Europe.


Contents

Tables and Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Discourses of Social and Political Transformation in the 'New Europe'; M.Krzyżanowski & A.Galasińska
Theorising and Analysing Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe: The Contribution of (Critical) Discourse Analysis; M.Krzyżanowski& R.Wodak
PART I: TRANSFORMATION(S) OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE (I) – DISCOURSES OF MEDIA AND PUBLIC POLICY
Reflecting Social Heteroglossia and Accommodating Diverse Audiences: A Challenge to the Media; B.Busch
Contesting Social Space through Language Education Debates in Latvia's Media Landscape; G.Hogan-Brun
The (Re)Construction of Refugees in Slovenian Media; I.Ž.Žagar
PART II: TRANSFORMATION(S) OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE (II) – DISCOURSES OF POLITICS, INSTITUTIONS AND ECONOMY
On the 'Europeanisation' of Identity Constructions in Polish Political Discourse after 1989; M.Krzyżanowski
Governing Abandoned Children: The Discursive Construction of Space in the Case of 'Babybox'; I.Nosál
Critical Juncture: Church Slavonic and the Discourse of Cultural Preservation in Post-Soviet Russia; B.P.Bennett
Narrating Transition in East German Company Histories; H.Kelly-Holmes
PART III: TRANSFORMATION(S) OF THE SEMI-PUBLIC/SEMI-PRIVATE AND PRIVATE SPHERES - DISCOURSE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF TRANSFORMATION
'Mea culpa': The Social Production of Public Disclosure and Reconciliation with the Past; C.Tileaga
Small Stories Fight Back: Narratives of Polish Economic Migration on an Internet Forum; A.Galasińska
Narratives of Disenfranchised Self in the Polish Post-Communist Reality; D.Galasiński
Notes
References
Index


Authors

ALEKSANDRA GALASIŃSKA is Senior Research Fellow in European Studies at the History and Governance Research Institute, University of Wolverhampton, UK. Her main research interests focus on ethnographic and discursive aspects of lived experience of post-communism and post-enlargement migration.

MICHAL KRZYŻANOWSKI is Research Fellow at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK, and Assistant Professor at the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. His research focuses on methods of critical text and discourse analysis and its application to the study of social, political and institutional change in Europe.