Legitimisation and Expressions of Identity and Attitude: A Discursve Approach

Slocum-Bradley, Nikki (2006). Legitimisation and Expressions of Identity and Attitude: A Discursve Approach. UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Sub-type Working paper
    Author Slocum-Bradley, Nikki
    Title Legitimisation and Expressions of Identity and Attitude: A Discursve Approach
    Volume/Issue No. 12
    Publication Date 2006
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language eng
    Abstract

    This paper explores the nature of and relationship between ‘identities’ and
    ‘legitimacy’. First, an analytical distinction is made between expressions of identity
    and expressions of attitudes about Europe and the European Union. A discussion of
    ‘legitimacy’ is provided that proposes the process of ‘legitimisation’ as the attribution
    of rights and duties to a given actor, in a specific context. Next, Positioning Theory is
    proposed as a theoretical and analytical framework for understanding processes of
    identity construction and legitimisation in discourse. To further illuminate these
    processes, empirical examples are provided, using the Positioning Triad as a tool to
    analyse discourse surrounding the Danish Euro referendum. Finally, implications for
    practice are discussed.

    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2006
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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