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Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics: An Introduction

  • Sean Phelan
  • Lincoln Dahlberg
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Abstract

The signifier discourse is hardly an unfamiliar one in critical media, communication, and cultural studies. As a focal point of theoretical reflection, it may even be considered a bit passé — the residue of an earlier preoccupation with signification and language that has either been superseded by more fashionable theoretical vocabularies, or exposed for its inadequate attention to “real world” material concerns (Cloud, 1994; Philo & Miller, 2000). This objection could apply, in particular, to a discourse theoretical tradition whose foundational moment was the 1985 publication of Laclau and Mouffe’s (2001), Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. The objection might be: “but hasn’t all this ground been covered already?” “Given the range of already available texts,2 do we really need another book about discourse in media and communication studies?” Our response to these objections is, naturally enough, an affirmative one: yes, another book about discourse is needed, one with a specific theoretical focus that systematically explores what we see as the underdeveloped relationship between post-Marxist discourse theory and what this collection calls critical media politics.

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Social Practice Radical Contingency Media Discourse Discourse Theory Critical Discourse Analysis 
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