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Title: Analysing Citizenship Talk
Subtitle: Social Positioning in Political and Legal Decision-Making Processes
Edited By: Heiko Hausendorf
Alfons Bora
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=DAPSAC%2019
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 19

Citizenship talk refers to various types of discourse initiated to make
citizens take part in politically and socially contested decision-making
processes ('citizen participation'). 'Citizenship' has, accordingly, become
one of the dazzling key words whenever the democratic deficit of modern
societies is moaned about. Asking for citizenship as a communicative
achievement, the present book shows that sociolinguistics and pragmatics
can essentially contribute to this interdisciplinary up-to-date issue of
research: the volume offers a theoretically innovative concept of
communicated citizenship and it presents a set of methodological approaches
suited to deal with this concept at an empirical level (including
contributions from Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis,
Social Positioning Theory, Speech Act Theory and Ethnography). Furthermore,
concrete data and empirical analyses are provided which take up the case of
decision-making processes around the application of modern 'green'
biotechnology ('GMO field trials'). The volume thus illustrates the kind of
findings and results that can be expected from this new and promising
approach towards citizenship talk.

Table of contents

Foreword vii
Heiko Hausendorf and Alfons Bora 1–19
Communicating citizenship and social positioning: Theoretical concepts
Alfons Bora and Heiko Hausendorf 23–49
Licensing plant GMOs: A brief overview over European regulatory conditions
for the deliberate release of genetically modified plants
Alfons Bora 50–60
Procedure and participation: A social theoretical assessment of GM
licensing procedures in Ireland and the UK
Patrick O'Mahony and Siobhan O'Sullivan 61–82
Reconstructing social positioning in discourse: Methodological basics and
their implementation from a conversation analysis perspective
Heiko Hausendorf and Alfons Bora 85–97
Critical Discourse Analysis and Citizenship
Norman L. Fairclough, Simon Pardoe and Bronislaw Szerszynski 98–123
A critical comparison of the investigative gaze of three approaches to text
Tracey Skillington 124–150
Communicating citizenship in verbal interaction: Principles of a speech act
oriented discourse analysis
Marina Sbisà 151–180
Communicative involvement in public discourse: Considerations on an
ethnographic inventory and a proposal for the analysis of modes of citizenship
Thomas Spranz-Fogasy 181–195
Opening up the public space: On the framing and re-framing of a discussion
meeting about GMO field trials
Ingrid Furchner and Peter Münte 199–222
Personal reference, social categorisation and the communicative achievement
of citizenship: Comments on a local public meeting on GMO field trials
Zsuzsanna Iványi, András Kertész, Kornélia Marinecz and Nóra Máté 223–250
Quotations as a vehicle for social positioning
Jana Holšánová 251–275
On doing being personal: Citizen talk as an identity-suspending device in
public debates on GMOs
Henrike Padmos, Harrie Mazeland and Hedwig te Molder 276–295
Data extracts from a local public meeting on GMO field trials 296–359
Index 361–368

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227098
ISBN-13: 9789027227096
Pages: viii, 368
Prices: U.S. $ 162
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