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I'm a Scouser: Membership categories and political geography in the 2015 UK Election Call Phone-in
Fitzgerald,Richard1; Thornborrow,Joanna2
2017-05-02
Source PublicationJournal of Language and Politics
ISSN15699862 15692159
Volume16Issue:1Pages:40-58
Abstract

Despite the emergence of newer forms of web-based political engagement, radio phone-ins continue to have a significant role in the enactment of the democratic process, providing a live forum for direct encounters between members of the public and politicians, beyond the professional forms of mediated encounters between studio journalists and politicians. In this paper, drawing on data from the BBCs 2015 phone-in Election Call, we use Membership Categorisation Analysis to examine the ways in which political engagement is configured within this forum in the run up to the UK General Election in 2015. In particular, we examine how callers and politicians engage in live political debate through transforming personal experiences into politicised social categories. What emerges most significantly here is that, whereas in previous Election Call series participants configured political categories through personal social identities, in 2015 there is a particular emphasis on callers geographical locations as political categories.

KeywordConversation Analysis Discourse Analysis Membership Categorisation Analysis Political Engagement Public Opinion Radio Phone-in
DOI10.1075/jlp.16.1.03fit
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000401842800003
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorFitzgerald,Richard; Thornborrow,Joanna
Affiliation1.Department of Communication Faculty of Social Sciences University of Macau,Taip,Macao
2.Facult des Lettres et Sciences Humaines Universit de Bretagne Occidentale,Brest,29238,France
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Fitzgerald,Richard,Thornborrow,Joanna. I'm a Scouser: Membership categories and political geography in the 2015 UK Election Call Phone-in[J]. Journal of Language and Politics,2017,16(1):40-58.
APA Fitzgerald,Richard,&Thornborrow,Joanna.(2017).I'm a Scouser: Membership categories and political geography in the 2015 UK Election Call Phone-in.Journal of Language and Politics,16(1),40-58.
MLA Fitzgerald,Richard,et al."I'm a Scouser: Membership categories and political geography in the 2015 UK Election Call Phone-in".Journal of Language and Politics 16.1(2017):40-58.
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