Discourse and Identity Formation: Parliamentary debates in Bahrain

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 15‏/12‏/2017 - 285 من الصفحات
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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Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Religion ideology and politics in Islamic society
13
Chapter 3 Language variation across Bahrain
23
Chapter 4 Theoretical underpinnings
39
Evidence from parliamentary debates during 20082010
69
Chapter 6 Discursive approaches and political ideology in Bahrain
177
Chapter 7 Bahrains ongoing quest for deliberative democracy
199
Bibliography
211
Appendix A Collecting and presenting data
221
Appendix B Agenda topics matched to items in Hansard
227
Appendix C The excerpts
229
Appendix D Offences affecting external state security
269
Glossary
271
Index
275
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