Considers the role of debate in political action, including through consideration of parliamentary debates, documents, laws, and media articles
Focuses both on political action and its contexts, taking the effects of debate into account
Uses illustrative cases of analysis that relate to different research questions, different types of material, and different ways of proceeding
Part of the book series: Rhetoric, Politics and Society (RPS)
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Table of contents (4 chapters)
About this book
This book explicates how debates and documents can be understood, interpreted and analysed as political action. It offers the reader both a theoretical introduction and practical guidance. The authors deploy the perspective that debates are to be understood as political activity, and documents can be regarded as frozen debates. The first chapter discusses what is to be understood as politics and political. The second chapter explains the concept of debate as an exchange of arguments in speaking pro and contra. The third chapter presents concrete approaches, research practices and experiences that help analysing debates and documents as politics. The fourth chapter consists of a number of case studies that demonstrate how researchers can proceed in analysing parliamentary debates, documents, laws, and media articles. This book will be of use to all students and scholars interested in analysing texts and documents, as well as in political rhetoric and parliamentary debates.
- applied linguistics
- parliamentary debates
- document analysis
- rhetorical analysis
- qualitative methods
- research practices
- political thinking
Authors and Affiliations
University of Jyväskylä and Technical, University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
Taru Haapala, Kari Palonen
About the authors
Claudia Wiesner is Docent in Political Science and Senior Researcher at Jyväskylä University, Finland, as well as Senior Guest Researcher at TU Darmstadt. Previously she was Acting Professor for Comparative Politics at Philipps-University, Marburg and Ruhr University, Bochum, and Marie Curie Research Fellow at Jyväskylä University.
Taru Haapala is Research Fellow in Political Science at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Queen Mary Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought, University of London.
Kari Palonen has been Professor of Political Science at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, since 1983, from 2015 with an emeritus contract. He has been Academy of Finland Professor for two five-year periods, and Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Political Thought and Conceptual Change.
Book Title: Debates, Rhetoric and Political Action
Book Subtitle: Practices of Textual Interpretation and Analysis
Authors: Claudia Wiesner, Taru Haapala, Kari Palonen
Series Title: Rhetoric, Politics and Society
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London
eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-57056-7Published: 18 January 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-57057-4Published: 10 January 2017
Series ISSN: 2947-5147
Series E-ISSN: 2947-5155
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XV, 251
Number of Illustrations: 1 illustrations in colour
Topics: Political Theory, Political Communication, European Politics, Political Science