LINGUIST List 29.339

Fri Jan 19 2018

Books: Discourse and Identity Formation: Alkooheji, Sinha

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Date: 19-Jan-2018
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Subject: Discourse and Identity Formation: Alkooheji, Sinha
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Title: Discourse and Identity Formation
Subtitle: Parliamentary debates in Bahrain
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 73
Published: 2017
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Lamya Alkooheji
Author: Chitra Sinha
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027265012 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027265012 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027265012 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206640 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206640 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027206640 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30

The book explores eleven debates held at the Bahraini Council of Representatives (or the Parliament) over 2007-2010 to comprehend how parliamentary discourse contributes towards identity formation within Bahraini society. Within the framework of critical discourse studies, the book traces the ideological struggle over power in the linguistic content of legislative discourse through a range of discursive strategies and devices.

The authors contend that the discursive choices across the political spectrum in the legislative debates reflected strong sectarian characteristics which contained in it the seeds of political unrest of 2011, the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ of Bahrain. Parliamentary rhetoric and its resonance in the public sphere, the authors argue, revealed the underlying contradictions in Bahraini society. The book highlights the significance of legislative discourse as a platform of social cohesion, and its instability being symptomatic of contradictions within society.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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