Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse

Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse

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When politicians and pundits in the Middle East discuss democracy, do they mean it? Looking at public discourse about democracy in contemporary Egypt, Dunne proposes a fresh way of reading Arabic political discourse. She charts a method combining ethnographic research into communities of people producing political discourse with investigation of the texts themselves, using tools from anthropology, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics a€” a method with broad applicability to political discourse generally. Taking off from the premise that all discourse is based in social interaction, this book demonstrates that looking at the ways individuals and groups use public discourse to perform critical social and political functions yields entirely new perspectives on the significance of the discourse. Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse is a valuable resource for students of linguistics, political science, democracy studies, Arabic language, and Middle East area studies.Havena#39;t you noticed how some cancerous agent is eating away at the meaning of words? ... My interest in the problem of democracy in the Middle East, including how the issue is discussed publicly, arose during more than ten ... demo cracy is discussed in Egypt, and not in the history of the Arabic word al-diimuqmaTiyya (a€œ democracya€) itself or in the intellectual pedigree of the concept in the Middle East.

Title:Democracy in Contemporary Egyptian Political Discourse
Author:Michele Durocher Dunne
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2003-09-18


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