Die Krise als Krankheit. Medizinische Metaphern in aktuellen Darstellungen von Finanzkrisen

Peter, Nina Gertrud Luise; Lubrich, Oliver (2016). Die Krise als Krankheit. Medizinische Metaphern in aktuellen Darstellungen von Finanzkrisen. Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 57(2), pp. 519-544. De Gruyter 10.1515/jbwg-2016-0021

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The article examines the conceptual metaphor of illness in representations of financial crises. Understanding the economy in terms of the body is one of the dominant concepts in contemporary media coverage on economic events. Accordingly, images of illness proliferate in the discourse on the financial crisis of 2008/2009. This paper presents a quantitative analysis of illness metaphors in 53 articles on the financial crisis published from August 2008 to September 2009 in the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel. The journalistic metaphors of illness interpret the financial crisis as a disease and thus naturalize the economic events. The second part of the article analyzes an alternative use of illness metaphors in literary and autobiographical texts on traders. Instead of understanding the economy as a victim of an illness, these texts ascribe an infectious quality to the economic system. In these representations the financial economy is criticized for causing diseases not only of its participants, but of the society in general.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Peter, Nina Gertrud Luise and Lubrich, Oliver

Subjects:

400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures

ISSN:

0075-2800

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

German

Submitter:

Simone Gehr

Date Deposited:

26 May 2017 12:20

Last Modified:

01 Dec 2017 02:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/jbwg-2016-0021

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.96498

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96498

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