Political Identity in Discourse

The Voices of New Zealand Voters

Authors: Woodhams, Jay M.

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  • Focuses on the language of the ‘average’ voter and their informal conversations about politics, rather than the discourse of politicians and the political elite
  • Foregrounds everyday political talk and underlying physical and discursive landscapes
  • Examines the relatively contained case of New Zealand to learn lessons that can be applied elsewhere
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This book takes an innovative view of language and politics, charting the terrain of political identities and discourses in New Zealand through detailed linguistic analysis of interactions with its voters. The author first sets out the geographical and sociopolitical context, examining how the constraints of a small and isolated country interact with widespread social values such as egalitarianism. He then delves into the multiple nature of identities and explores how Kiwis form their political selves through informal talk with others and in engagement with their physical and discursive surroundings. In doing so, the author provides an in-depth exploration of New Zealand political culture, identity and discourse, and sheds light on how we use language to become political people. This book will be of interest to linguists, political scientists and sociologists working with discourse analysis.

About the authors

Jay M. Woodhams teaches academic literacy at the Australian National University, Canberra, and is a Research Associate of the Language in the Workplace Project, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has published on populist political discourse in New Zealand and has looked at language use in the workplace and parliamentary contexts. His areas of interest include interactional sociolinguistics, pragmatics, cognitive linguistics and theories of discourse.

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“Giving voters their voice, Woodhams’ interview-based study offers a richly inflected portrayal of political identity in New Zealand. At once fluid and stable, these voices nuance the meanings of political tenets such as egalitarianism and its converse, the ‘tall poppy’. Woodhams’ approach through critical realism is a refreshing counterpoint to the hyper-constructivism of some contemporary discourse analysis.” (Allan Bell, Professor of Language and Communication, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
“In Political Identity in Discourse: The Voices of New Zealand Voters, Jay Woodhams provides a meticulous, rigorous and careful account of everyday political talk. At a time when politics is increasingly focused on ‘the people’, the emphasis on ordinary voters – rather than politicians or elites – is refreshing but also timely. This is important reading for anyone interested in “bottom-up” approaches to analysing political discourse.” (Sam Browse, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Identity in Discourse
Book Subtitle
The Voices of New Zealand Voters
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18630-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18630-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18629-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 225
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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