The analysis of discursive subjects

Angermuller, Johannes (2023). The analysis of discursive subjects. In: Cap, Piotr ed. Handbook of Political Discourse. Elgar Handbooks in Political Science. Cheltenham: Elgar, pp. 180–203.




In this contribution, I will discuss contemporary populist tendencies in political discourse in terms of discursive subjectivity. In particular, I will have a closer look at Pêcheux’s structuralist theory of subjectivity in the light of more recent developments in linguistics and the social sciences. I will make the case for poststructuralist approaches to discourse as a practice of constituting subject positions and the social
order. My empirical example are the debates in user forums on Brexit in the British Daily Mail. The objective is to outline an integrative, poststructuralist model of discourse that accounts for subjectivity as a result of both social and linguistic practices.

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