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The Language of Fear

Communicating Threat in Public Discourse

Authors: Cap, Piotr

  • Examines the extent to which proximization rhetoric is used to legitimize various public policies
  • Argues for the value of the Proximization Theory model in Critical Discourse Studies
  • Shows that the fear appeal is a legitimization strategy in a wide range of discourse
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About this book

This book investigates linguistic strategies of threat construction and fear generation in contemporary public communication, including state political discourse as well as non-governmental, media and institutional discourses. It describes the ways in which the construction of closeness and remoteness can be manipulated in the public sphere and bound up with fear, security and conflict. Featuring a series of case studies in different domains, from presidential speeches to environmental discourse, it demonstrates how political and organizational leaders enforce the imminence of an outside threat to claim legitimization of preventive policies. It reveals that the best legitimization effects are obtained by discursively constructed fear appeals, which ensure quick social mobilization. The scope of the book is of immediate concern in the modern globalized era where borders and distance dissolve and are re-imagined. It will appeal to students and researchers in linguistics, discourse analysis, media communication as well as social and political sciences.

About the authors

Piotr Cap is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Łódź, Poland. His interests are in pragmatics, critical discourse studies, political linguistics and genre theory. His publications include Perspectives in Politics and Discourse (2010), Proximization: The Pragmatics of Symbolic Distance Crossing (2013), Analyzing Genres in Political Communication (2013) and Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies (2014). He is Managing Editor of International Review of Pragmatics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Cognitive, Social and Psychological Issues of Public Discourse and Threat Communication

    Cap, Piotr

    Pages 1-14

  • Proximization: A Threat-Based Model of Policy Legitimization

    Cap, Piotr

    Pages 15-27

  • Health Discourse: The War on Cancer and Beyond

    Cap, Piotr

    Pages 29-40

  • Environmental Discourse: Climate Change

    Cap, Piotr

    Pages 41-52

  • Technological Discourse: Threats in the Cyberspace

    Cap, Piotr

    Pages 53-66

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59731-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-59729-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Language of Fear
Book Subtitle
Communicating Threat in Public Discourse
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59731-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59731-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59729-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 91
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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