The Language of Protest

Acts of Performance, Identity, and Legitimacy

  • Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill

About this book


Rooted in the performative of Speech Act Theory, this interdisciplinary study crafts a new model to compare the work we do with words when we protest: across genres, from different geographies and languages. Rich with illustrative examples from Turkey, U.S., West Germany, Romania, Guatemala, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland, it examines the language of protest (chants, songs, poetry and prose) with an innovative use of analytical tools that will advance current theory. Operating at the intersection of linguistic pragmatics and critical discourse analysis this book provides fresh insights on interdisciplinary topics including power, identity, legitimacy and the Social Contract. In doing so it will appeal to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, pragmatics and critical discourse analysis, in addition to researchers working in sociology, political science, discourse, cultural and communication studies.


Speech Act Theory performativity Critical Discourse Analysis activist discourse John L. Austin identity power children's crusade mediation protest movements Social Contract Convocativity pragmatic legitimacy protest language Bobby Sands felicity conditions social media protest

Authors and affiliations

  • Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English and Communication StudiesSt. Mary’s University, TexasSan AntonioUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77418-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77419-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site