By Heiko Hausendorf (ed.), Alfons Bora (ed.)
Citizenship speak refers to varied kinds of discourse initiated to make voters participate in politically and socially contested decision-making strategies (‘citizen participation’). ‘Citizenship’ has, hence, turn into one of many remarkable keyword phrases each time the democratic deficit of recent societies is moaned approximately. soliciting for citizenship to be conceived of as a communicative fulfillment, the current booklet exhibits that sociolinguistics and pragmatics can basically give a contribution to this interdisciplinary updated factor of analysis: the amount deals a theoretically cutting edge notion of communicated citizenship and it offers a collection of methodological ways fitted to care for this idea at an empirical point (including contributions from dialog research, serious Discourse research, Social Positioning thought, Speech Act thought and Ethnography). additionally, concrete facts and empirical analyses are supplied which soak up the case of decision-making tactics round the software of recent ‘green’ biotechnology (‘GMO box trials’). the amount therefore illustrates the type of findings and effects that may be anticipated from this new and promising strategy in the direction of citizenship speak.
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The same holds true with regard to the overall cultural context and the state of the public debate about the topic at issue, with which each concrete procedure is, of course, intertwined. Although such ‘givens’ constitute important inputs, nevertheless they cannot predetermine what is going on in the social process of participation. It is these dynamics that might allow for citizenship to be considered as a communicative achievement which goes back to the participation process itself and realizes Communicating citizenship and social positioning some kind of procedural membership as a communicative effect.
In a sense, the communication of citizenship already implies the communicative re-achievement of the procedural frame. Conceptualising communicated citizenship as an outcome of a social positioning process then implies taking the form of decision-making in terms of procedures for citizen participation into account. This methodological implication obviously meets the assumption that has been spelled out in many political and social science studies from different angles, namely that the choice of procedures for decision-making processes makes a difference, in short:procedures matter.
If so, how does it prove, in detail, to be socially relevant within these written objections? If not, what are the other candidates of social categories indicated and stressed within this prima facie genre of citizenship discourse? e. makes the authors present and declare themselves as this or that. Nevertheless, it is by no means prescribed which social position, belonging, or membership people mobilize when writing objections. This is the reason why we strongly depend on the empirical analysis in order to reconstruct if and how communicated citizenship refers to procedure or, as a possible alternative, to protest.
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