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Identity work in conservative political discourse: a cross-cultural comparison

McLean, Neil, Capstick, Gerry and Passarini, Benedetta (2023) Identity work in conservative political discourse: a cross-cultural comparison. Language and Intercultural Communication. ISSN 1470-8477

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14708477.2023.2269399


This article presents the findings of a cross-cultural study of identity positioning in the political discourse of religious, conservative politicians in Italy and Northern Ireland. Findings point to the use of frames of reference around family, faith, freedom and societal catastrophe. These frames were though amplified through use of self-narratives of suffering in defence of beliefs and traditions. A key driver of the identity positioning work was therefore ‘stake inoculation’. That is the use of cues to defend against accusations of bigotry. This move in English is largely ‘defensive', whereas in Italian it involves a more combative strategy of ‘othering’.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 14:51
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 20:48

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