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Discourse and Identity Formation: Parliamentary Debates in Bahrain
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The book explores eleven debates held at the Bahraini Council of Representatives (or the Parliament) over 2007-2010 to comprehend how parliamentary discourse contributes towards identity formation within Bahraini society. Within the framework of critical discourse studies, the book traces the ideological struggle over power in the linguistic content of legislative discourse through a range of discursive strategies and devices.The authors contend that the discursive choices across the political spectrum in the legislative debates reflected strong sectarian characteristics which contained in it the seeds of political unrest of 2011, the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ of Bahrain. Parliamentary rhetoric and its resonance in the public sphere, the authors argue, revealed the underlying contradictions in Bahraini society. The book highlights the significance of legislative discourse as a platform of social cohesion, and its instability being symptomatic of contradictions within society.

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The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017. , p. 312
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Critical Discourse Analysis
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337370DOI: 10.1075/dapsac.73ISBN: 9027206643 (print)ISBN: 9789027206640 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337370DiVA, id: diva2:1169310
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