Analysing Citizenship Talk: Social Positioning in Political by Heiko Hausendorf (ed.), Alfons Bora (ed.)

By Heiko Hausendorf (ed.), Alfons Bora (ed.)

Citizenship speak refers to numerous forms of discourse initiated to make voters participate in politically and socially contested decision-making methods (‘citizen participation’). ‘Citizenship’ has, as a result, turn into one of many magnificent key terms each time the democratic deficit of contemporary societies is moaned approximately. requesting citizenship to be conceived of as a communicative fulfillment, the current booklet exhibits that sociolinguistics and pragmatics can primarily give a contribution to this interdisciplinary updated factor of study: the quantity deals a theoretically cutting edge notion of communicated citizenship and it offers a collection of methodological methods fitted to take care of this idea at an empirical point (including contributions from dialog research, severe Discourse research, Social Positioning concept, Speech Act concept and Ethnography). moreover, concrete facts and empirical analyses are supplied which absorb the case of decision-making methods round the software of contemporary ‘green’ biotechnology (‘GMO box trials’). the quantity hence illustrates the type of findings and effects that may be anticipated from this new and promising procedure in the direction of citizenship speak.

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In sociological theory, a number of arguments have been exchanged with regard to this topic under the label of “social inclusion/exclusion” (Brubaker 1992; Holz 2000; Holz 2001; Bora 2002b). Philip Frankenfeld (1992) first sketched out the concept of “technological citizenship”. , p. 462). The status, rights, and obligations, described by the concept of “technological citizenship”, are thus intended to reconcile democracy for lay subjects of technology’s impacts with the rights of innovators to innovate.

They constitute new fields of regulation, where the classical interventionist policy instruments are scarcely applicable. This holds true not only for the regulation of air and water, but also for the transnational question of biological safety, for instance. e. citizens. We do not claim that this relationship is entirely new or that sociological and political theory did not reflect on these issues before the governance debate. We rather prefer to interpret the theoretical interest in governance as an expression of shifting focus and emphasis in theoretical and practical respects.

7. The communication of images of self and others has become an issue of increasing research under different headings in various disciplines and approaches, especially in sociolinguistic approaches (see Hausendorf 2000 for an overview of this dazzling field of interdisciplinary research). Our own approach takes the conversation analysis tradition as the starting point (s. below). Other possible starting points will be introduced in the other contributions of this book, especially in the methodological part (Part II).

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