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"Global" discourses of democracy and an English city

Farrelly, Michael (2008) "Global" discourses of democracy and an English city. Journal of Language and Politics, 7 (3). pp. 413-430. ISSN 1569-2159

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    In many contemporary polities, democracy is portrayed as a universal good, a democratic ideal appears to be spreading globally, its practice burgeoning; it seems to be appearing for the first time in some places and deepening in established democracies. Yet, when one looks for the concrete touch of democracy in one’s own activities, groups, communities and nation it becomes elusive. I discuss this apparent contradiction in relation to discourse and a new “Area Forum” in the English city of Preston. The categories of ‘global’ and ‘local’, ‘identity’ and ‘branding’ prove useful in discussing the contradiction as situated in the English context. I suggest that this problem of democracy may be understood in terms of the ideological concept of ‘democratism’: the assumption that the status quo in England is unproblematically democratic whilst discursively closing off the possibility of genuine democratic progress.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Language and Politics
    Additional Information: The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis ; democracy ; democratism ; Area Forums ; UK local government
    Subjects: ?? hm ??
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 33933
    Deposited By: Dr Michael Farrelly
    Deposited On: 17 Aug 2010 15:30
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 28 May 2018 00:09
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