“Brexit Means Brexit!”: Investigating the production of social phenomena in poliitical discourses.

Meyenburg, Imko (2022) “Brexit Means Brexit!”: Investigating the production of social phenomena in poliitical discourses. Symbolic Interaction, 45 (4). pp. 570-595. ISSN 1533-8665

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/symb.615

Abstract

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, known as Brexit, is arguably the most important political, social, and economic phenomenon in British post-WWII history. This paper analyses parliamentary debates from December 2018 concerning the European Withdrawal Act, focusing on the epistemic modality of Member of Parliaments’ (MP) statements, to investigate the ontology of Brexit. Epistemic modality refers to linguistic devices that allow modification with regards to confidence, truthfulness, and probability, and enables investigation of MPs’ commitments. Commitments are a part of their status function declaration, which create institutional reality (Searle, 2008). Analysis of such commitments permits inference about the institutional reality of Brexit.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: social ontology, political debates, political economy, Brexit, epistemic modality
Faculty: Faculty of Business & Law
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 15:08
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2022 08:46
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707895

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