Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Occupy Central and the rise of discursive illusions : a discourse analytical study
Authors: Bhatia, A
Keywords: Categorization
Discourse analysis
Multi-perspective analysis
Occupy Central movement
Structure immediacy
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Source: Text and talk, 2016, v. 36, no. 6, p. 661-682 How to cite?
Journal: Text and talk 
Abstract: Drawing on Hong Kong's "Occupy Central" movement, this paper explores the construction of discursive illusions in both China Daily and South China Morning Post's (SCMP) contrasting coverage of the event. More specifically, the paper investigates how a multi-perspective analytical approach can enable a deeper study of how and to what extent abstract constructs with significant social implications are discursively formed. In order to do so, the framework draws on a three-pronged approach: historicity (habitus as key to the creation of discursive illusions, dealing with the change of perceptions over time); linguistic and semiotic action (subjective conceptualizations of the world to give rise to linguistic and semiotic actions, often through metaphorical and dominant rhetoric); and the degree of social impact (as language and actions engender many categories and stereotypes). The analysis reveals that data from both newspapers draws on similar linguistic and rhetorical tools, including temporal referencing, metaphor, category-pairings, and recontextualization in the discursive construction of a "double contrastive identity" (Leudar et al. [2004], On membership categorization: "Us", "them" and "doing violence" in political discourse. Discourse & Society 15(2/3). 243-266.) of the movement and its participants in diametrically opposed ways around themes such as law versus lawlessness, victim versus aggressor, etc.
ISSN: 1860-7330
EISSN: 1860-7349
DOI: 10.1515/text-2016-0029
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

Page view(s)

Checked on Aug 13, 2017

Google ScholarTM



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.