Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change

Discourse Theory and Political Analysis: Identities, Hegemonies and Social Change

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Edited by David R. Howarth, Edited by Aletta J. Norval, Edited by Yannis Stavrakakis, Foreword by Ernesto Laclau

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  • Publisher: MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 22mm | 1,061g
  • Publication date: 18 November 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0719056640
  • ISBN 13: 9780719056642
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 264,486

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How can recent developments in post-structuralist, post-Marxist and psychoanalytic theory actually inform ongoing empirical research? What are the appropriate methods and strategies for conducting research in discourse theory and analysis? How can concepts such as hegemony, identity, the imaginary, dislocation and empty signifiers illuminate key aspects of contemporary society and politics? This multi-focal work brings together commissioned contributions from the Essex School of Political Discourse Theory. Drawing inspiration from the works of Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Slavoj Zizek, Jacques Derrida, Michael Foucault and Jacques Lacan, the contributors address particular questions using a common theoretical language. The book contains a clear introductory statement of the theoretical approach used, and concludes with an assessment of the future directions of discourse theory in the social sciences. This global volume ranges geographically from Western and Eastern Europe to Latin America and South Africa, from Hong Kong to Turkey and the USA. Each chapter has been selected to address a key theme and issue in contemporary politics and to highlight central concepts and research strategies in the post-structuralist, post-Marxist and psychoanalytical traditions of thinking. David Howarth is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Essex and is currently Director of Masters Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis in the Department of Government, Aletta J. Norval is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Essex and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Yannis Stavrakakis is lecturing on the Ideology and Discourse Analysis Programme in the Department of Government at the Univesity of Essex

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David Howarth is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Essex and is currently Director of the Masters Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis in the Department of Government. Aletta J. Norval is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Sussex and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Ideology and Discourse Analysis. Yannis Stavrakakis teaches on the Ideology and Discourse Analysis Programme in the Department of Government at the University of Essex

Table of contents

1. Introducing discourse theory and political analysis - David Howarth & Yannis Stavrakakis 2. The political frontiers of the social Argentine politics after Peronism (1955-1973) - Sebastian Barros & Gustavo Castagnola 3. Inter-war French Fascism and the Neo-Socialism of Marcel Deat: The emergence of a 'Third Way' - Steve Bastow 4. New environmental movements and direct action protest: The campaign against Manchester Airport's second runway - Steven Griggs & David Howarth 5. Provisionalism and the (im)possibility of justice in Northern Ireland - Anthony Clohesy 6. The Mexican revolutionary mystique - Rosa Nidia Buenfil Burgos 7. On the emergence of Green ideology: The dislocation factor in Green politics - Yannis Stavrakakis 8. The construction of Romanian social democracy, 1989-1996 - Kevin Adamson 9. Beyond being gay: The proliferation of political identities in Hong Kong - P. Sik-Ying Ho & A. Kat Tat Tsang 10. The secret and the promise: Women's struggles in Chiapas - Neil Harvey & Chris Halverson 11. The difficult emergence of a democratic imaginary: Black consciousness and non-racial democracy in South Africa - David Howarth 12. Democracy as the limit of Kemalist hegemony - Nur Betul Celik 13. Sex and the limits of discourse - Jason Glynos 14. Future trajectories of research in discourse theory: Political frontiers, myths and imaginaries, hegemony - Aletta Norval