Normality kills
Discourses of normality and denormalisation in German punk lyrics
in Fight back
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An analysis of a substantial corpus of German punk song lyrics shows that normality hardly seems to exist within the genre. Denormalisation is either obvious or lurking beneath the surface of normality. This chapter aims to promote the study of language use/discourses in relation to subcultures/punk. It also triggers the interest of critical discourse analysts in the study of subcultural texts and discourse because of their potential to undermine hegemonic discourse. By underpinning an analysis of punk's lyrical topos with Jürgen Link's discussion of normality-as-ideology, it is possible to see punk's critique of normality as a counter-discursive move integral to the punk identity. The chapter is based on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), 'a problem-oriented interdisciplinary research movement, subsuming a variety of approaches' with 'a shared interest in the semiotic dimensions of power, injustice, abuse, and political-economic or cultural change in society'.

Fight back

Punk, politics and resistance

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