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Commemoration in crisis: A discursive analysis of who ‘we’ and ‘they’ have been or become in ceremonial political speeches before and during the Greek financial downturn

Gkinopoulos, Theofilos and Hegarty, Peter (2018) Commemoration in crisis: A discursive analysis of who ‘we’ and ‘they’ have been or become in ceremonial political speeches before and during the Greek financial downturn British Journal of Social Psychology.

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Abstract

This paper analyses the discourse of statements of the leaders of two Greek political parties commemorating the restoration of Greek democracy on 24th July 1974; the ruling party New Democracy and the opposition, Coalition of the Radical Left. We focus on how these leaders act as entrepreneurs of their identities by constructing their in-groups in broad or narrow terms and their outgroups in vague or specific terms. These constructions were ventured during a period of relative political stability (2008) and instability (2012), and we focus on how in-group prototypes and group boundaries are narrated across Greece’s past, present and future in ambiguous or concrete terms. The study aligns the social identity approach to political leadership with studies on political discourse and ‘the rhetoric of we’. We view commemorative statements as historical charters and respond to calls for discourse analysis to take greater account of historical context. The findings suggest concrete hypotheses about how leaders with different amounts of political support might define, as identity entrepreneurs, who ‘we’ are, and who ‘we’ are not in democratic contexts marked by stability or crisis.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Gkinopoulos, Theofilost.gkinopoulos@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hegarty, PeterP.Hegarty@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2018
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 The British Psychological Society.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 09 Feb 2018 10:18
Last Modified : 09 Feb 2018 10:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845789

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