Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

Articulations of Self and Politics in Activist Discourse

A Discourse Analysis of Critical Subjectivities in Minority Debates

Authors: Zienkowski, Jan

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  • Links linguistic pragmatic and poststructuralist understandings of discourse and subjectivity with early pragmatist perspectives on the self
  • Provides a postdisciplinary approach for dealing with the discursive processes that structure our societies
  • Sheds light on the dense network of issues related to integration, racism, discrimination and migration from the point of view of a politicized minority within a minority
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This book focuses on the discursive processes that allow activists to make sense of themselves and of the modes of politics they engage in. It shows how political and metadiscursive awareness develop in tandem with a reconfiguration of one’s sense of self. The author offers an integrated pragmatic and poststructuralist perspective on self and subjectivity. He draws on Essex style discourse theory, early pragmatist philosophy, and linguistic pragmatics, arguing for a notion of discourse as a multi-dimensional practice of articulation. Demonstrating the analytical power of this perspective, he puts his approach to work in an analysis of activist discourse on integration and minority issues in Flanders, Belgium. Subjects articulate a whole range of norms, values, identities and narratives to each other when they engage in political discourse. This book offers a way to analyse the logics that structure political awareness and the associated boundaries for discursive self-interpretation.

About the authors

Jan Zienkowski is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at the University of Navarra (UNAV) in Pamplona, Spain. His research focuses on subjectivity, reflexivity and critique as articulated in large-scale political debates on migration, integration and neoliberalism. He seeks to understand how human beings deal with hegemony with varying degrees of critical and political awareness.

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“This is an important and ambitious work: … it encompasses a wide theoretical and empirical spectrum. As somebody with a predominant research interest in geographic issues, I benefited most from Zienkowski’s theoretical explorations. … the reader is free to concentrate either on the conceptual or the empirical part of this highly recommended book.” (Markus Leibenath, Communications, Vol. 44 (1), 2019)



“Without doubt this is an important and ambitious work: Large in scale, it encompasses a wide theoretical and empirical spectrum. … he has managed to bridge the often separate spheres of discourse theory and governmentality research, on the one hand, and linguistic pragmatics, on the other, much more successfully than any previous attempt. I also found the empirical discussion highly stimulating. Zienkowski certainly provides valuable insights into the ambivalent and conflict-ridden subjectivation processes of intellectual-activists with a Moroccan background in Flanders.” (Markus Leibenath, Communications, October 17, 2018)

“This volume is an investigation of the logics and abstract categories that motivate the interplay between integration, racism, migration, and discrimination in the political engagements of Flemish, Belgian, and/or Moroccan activists and intellectuals in Flanders. … This volume highlights the possibility of further nuancing discourse studies when approached from an interdisciplinary orientation.” (Christian Go, Language in Society, Vol. 47 (04), June, 2018)​

“At a time in which notions of both politics and activism are being profoundly reshaped, Zienkowski's incisive analysis goes to the heart of what may drive such changes. Empirically delicate and theoretically astute, this is discourse analysis at its best.” (Jan Blommaert, Professor, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the discursive logics that shape self and society, as well as how to study them. It combines discourse theory and pragmatic perspectives on interaction, generating an innovative interpretive and functional heuristic for doing poststructuralist discourse analysis. As an added bonus, it provides a creative and critical contribution to discussions on the workings of ideological fantasy. Highly recommended!” (Jason Glynos, Reader, University of Essex, UK)

“If you ever wondered what the world looks like through the eyes of well-informed and politically active members of disadvantaged minorities, you must read Self and Politics in Activist Discourse. As a discourse analyst with a truly multidisciplinary orientation, Jan Zienkowski offers unrivalled insights which, based on research in a Belgian context, have unfortunately gained relevance through recent dramatic events.” (Jef Verschueren, Professor, University of Antwerp, Belgium)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Articulations of Self and Politics in Activist Discourse
Book Subtitle
A Discourse Analysis of Critical Subjectivities in Minority Debates
Authors
Series Title
Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40703-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40703-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82159-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 451
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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