The articulation of 'the people' in the discourse of Podemos

Authors Nicolina Montesano-Montessori , Esperanza Morales-López
Published in Imagining the Peoples of Europe: Populist discourses across the political spectrum. Edited by Jan Zienkowski and Ruth Breeze.
Publication date 2019
Research groups Normative Professionalisation
Type Book

Summary

This chapter focuses on the construction of pueblo ‘people’ and patria ‘homeland’ in the Spanish discourse of Podemos and the party’s relation to la gente ‘the people’ between June 2016 and its second political conference, Vistalegre II (February 2017). The discursive analysis focuses on figures of speech, such as synecdoche and metaphors, followed by a narrative analysis. The data cover the General Secretary of the party, Pablo Iglesias and the head of the branch in Catalonia, Xavier Domènech. We then apply the explanatory logics developed within discourse theory (Glynos and Howarth 2007) to interpret the results of the analysis1 and we critically reflect on some observed ambiguities in the discourse of Podemos.

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Language English
Published in Imagining the Peoples of Europe: Populist discourses across the political spectrum. Edited by Jan Zienkowski and Ruth Breeze.
ISBN/ISSN URN:ISBN:978-90-272-6225-7
Key words discourse theory, populism, rhetoric analysis, narrative analysis, Podemos
Digital Object Identifier https://doi.org/10.1075/dapsac.83.06mon
Page range 123-148

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