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Financial crisis and austerity: Interdisciplinary concerns in critical discourse studies

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Darren KelseyORCiD, Professor Frank Mueller, Professor Andrea Whittle, Dr Majid KhosravinikORCiD



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We begin our introduction to this special issue by considering the interdisciplinary collaborations behind this project before reviewing previous research on political rhetoric, financial reporting and media coverage of austerity in transnational contexts. We consider aspects of moral storytelling that have arisen through the contextual complexities of societies in financial crisis and other moral tales of austerity in political rhetoric. Whilst much of the literature and debates covered here are concerned with UK economic policy and related British social contexts, we will expand to include examples from other countries that reflect similar concerns on the ideological operations of austerity and financial discourse. Finally, some critical theoretical approaches to ideology and political economy are discussed in relation to the socio-economic areas covered in by this special issue. The multiple discursive contexts of austerity that are covered here demonstrate the breadth of social concerns and conflicts that have developed in societies and institutions following the recent global economic crisis.

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Author(s): Kelsey D, Mueller F, Whittle A, KhosraviNik M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Discourse Studies

Year: 2016

Volume: 13

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-19

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Online publication date: 29/10/2015

Acceptance date: 06/05/2015

Date deposited: 28/04/2015

ISSN (print): 1740-5904

ISSN (electronic): 1740-5912

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2015.1074600

Notes: In Special Issue: The discourse of crisis and austerity: Critical analyses of business and economics across disciplines


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