• The Brexit referendum: how trade and immigration in the discourses of the official campaigns have legitimised a toxic (inter)national logic

    Author(s):
    Franco Zappettini (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Subject(s):
    Europe, Area studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Brexit referendum campaign, British Politics, communication and media, Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Studies, institutional framing, media framing, Argumentation analysis, European studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/87zc-b343
    Abstract:
    This paper analyses the discourses produced on their websites by the two organisations that conducted the official ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ campaigns in the Brexit referendum. The analysis, which adopts the general orientation of the Discourse Historical Approach in CDS, is aimed at illuminating the main discursive strategies, argumentative schemes and key representations of Britain in/and Europe that sustained the ideological (de)legitimation of Brexit on either side. Based on this analysis, this paper argues that the specific ideological articulation of two key discursive elements – namely trade and immigration – and the argumentative schemes deployed in the campaign engendered and legitimised a new toxic (inter)national logic of Brexit: by leaving the EU, Britain ‘takes back control’ to pursue mercantile policies whose benefits ‘outsiders’ should be excluded from.
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    Journal article    
    Status:
    Pending Review
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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