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Limiting human agency in the name of negative liberty
Darrow Schecter

formal and legal conceptions of freedom and justice against various populist notions on the political right and left of an extra-legal conception of communitarian well-being which is ostensibly bridled by legal formality. The strategies of such discourses of legitimacy will be examined in chapter 2 . For now it might simply be observed that contemporary discourses of legitimacy tend in various ways to stress a communicative or agonistic or expressive

in Beyond hegemony
Katy Hayward

M1634 - HAYWARD TEXT.qxp:ANDY Q7 27/1/09 13:23 Page 42 3 Official discourse and political change in Ireland The purpose of this chapter is to elaborate the theoretical and methodological framework for this research, both in relation to the key tenets of discourse theory and to the empirical content of the analysis. It begins by considering the meaning of ‘discourse’ as language, practice and context. Its multidimensional meaning and function means that discourse analysis has particular value in the study of nationalism and political change. The articulation

in Irish nationalism and European integration
Judith Renner

the emergence of the reconciliation discourse and to critically examine its performance in global politics, and this chapter sets out to develop the theoretical framework for this undertaking. Thus, the chapter seeks to achieve two things. In order to meet its analytical goal, it provides a set of theoretical concepts that help to reconstruct the emergence and hegemonisation of powerful discourses. In order to meet its critical goal

in Discourse, normative change and the quest for reconciliation in global politics
Oliver Daddow

He may not have had an ideology, but he sure as hell had an agenda. (Harris 2007: 250) Discourse analysis worked its way into the discipline of political science through the 1990s. Its gradual incorporation has been a byproduct of the rise of the interpretivist turn in the social sciences more generally, leading to heightened awareness in foreign policy analysis of the ideational aspects of decision-making on external issues. It did not take post-structuralists to alert scholars to the significance of language or rhetoric for political practice

in New Labour and the European Union
Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

9 Contemporary discourses of working, earning and spending: acceptance, critique and the bigger picture ANNE B. RYAN It has become commonplace to assert that Irish people now have more choices and enjoy a higher standard of living than ever before. An assumption also exists that the role of the ordinary citizen is to be a member of the paid labour force and a consumer, in order to ‘keep the economy going’. Many people consequently live in a work–earn–spend cycle, spending much of what they earn on possessions and services now considered essential for everyday

in The end of Irish history?
A Singaporean tale of two ‘essentialisms’
See Seng Tan

). At risk of oversimplification, two broad conceptual understandings arguably define how Singapore’s epistemic communities – comprising security scholars based at local research and policy institutes as well as universities – and their contributions to regional discourses have generally been viewed. The first understanding presumes an intentional subject, already given, who

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Peter Mayo

 55 5 Mainstream and alternative HE discourses in LLL1 Introduction I n Chapter 3, I analysed the EU discourse on HE (see also Mayo, 2009) mainly through its policy documents on universities and other tertiary-​level institutions. I highlighted key doxa in this discourse notably ‘knowledge economy’, ‘competitiveness’, ‘entrepreneurship’, ‘lifelong learning’, ‘access’, ‘mobility’, ‘outcomes and performance’, ‘quality assurance’, ‘innovation and creativity’, ‘diversification’, ‘privatisation’, ‘internationalisation’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘business–​HE relationships

in Higher education in a globalising world
Jack Saunders

1 Car workers, trade unions and public discourse As trade unionism developed in post-war Britain, hostility towards labour militancy steadily increased in mainstream public discourse. After a comparative lull in ‘union-bashing’ between 1945 and 1955,1 unions came in for ever more criticism from politicians, the press and social commentators and even in popular fiction. These attacks intensified in the 1970s as Britain experienced more major strikes and deeper economic problems. In the wake of a series of government strike defeats in that decade, journalists

in Assembling cultures
The case of air quality monitoring in a Spanish industrial area
Miguel A. López-Navarro

8 Legitimating confrontational discourses by local environmental groups: The case of air quality monitoring in a Spanish industrial area Miguel A. López-Navarro Introduction The escalating role of the firm at the expense of the public authorities’ function as guarantors of citizens’ rights may have helped drive the increased political authority of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)1 as representatives of civil society (Hahn and Pinkse 2014). In the business and society literature, there is a growing body of research on firm–NGO relationships (Dahan et al. 2010

in Toxic truths
Mark Hampton

entrepreneurial energies. This chapter will point to a complementary discourse, one that underscored planned modernisation. Bringing order to the urban jungle Descriptions of Hong Kong regularly highlighted the confusing, disorderly spectacle of the urban areas, and the role of British administrators or cultural authorities in establishing order in them. Such disorder could vary in danger

in Hong Kong and British culture, 1945–97