Introducing Elite Discourse: The Rhetorics of Status, Privilege and Power

Thurlow, Crispin; Jaworski, Adam (2017). Introducing Elite Discourse: The Rhetorics of Status, Privilege and Power. Social semiotics, 27(3), pp. 243-254. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/10350330.2017.1301789

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This introductory paper offers a framing of elite discourse as the way elites and/or eliteness are depicted in language and communication, and the way language and communication are deployed for two elitist ends: the production of status and the maintenance of privilege/power. We sketch three orienting principles which have structured our special issue – targeting elitism, centring discourse and critical reflexivity – before presenting an overview of the individual papers. We end by listing some of the prominent motifs and questions to have emerged through this interdisciplinary collaboration, concluding with the synergetic politics of representational acts and redistributive actions.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Modern English Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Thurlow, Crispin and Jaworski, Adam

Subjects:

400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages

ISSN:

1470-1219

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Leona Josefine Irmgard Goop

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2017 14:22

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2019 13:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/10350330.2017.1301789

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.93738

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/93738

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