Discourse and Society

Discourse and Society

The Discourse and Society research group within Liverpool University’s Communication and Media Department is a leading international centre in critical discourse research on contemporary society.

We work across a wide range of social fields including media, politics and the economy. We critically analyse discourses from language, rhetoric and text to mediated images and music. Our work locates within the wider critical communication and media research and cuts across media and journalism studies, critical linguistics, political sociology and economy, or business, management and critical organization studies. In our work, we use qualitative and mixed-methods while linking spotlight on local, national and transnational contexts and often deploying a comparative perspective.

Our key current interests are:

  • Discourses of mediated political communication incl. right-wing populist, racist, uncivil and anti-immigration rhetoric in European politics and traditional/online media
  • Discursive representations of society incl. gender, mental health and social class in UK and international magazines, radio TV and social/online media
  • Discourses of global popular culture and public protest in news, radio and popular music
  • Discursive construction of social, political and organizational identities in LGBT movements, national and supranational politics and in transnational organizations
  • Discourses of strategic, organizational and crisis communication in the context of business/markets, public institutions and the wider neoliberal political economy

Our group acts as a recognised international hub for critical discourse studies and for wider critical research on discourse and society. It houses leading international publications such as the Journal of Language and Politics as well as Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies book series. We run regular seminars in Liverpool as well as organize and co-organize key international events on current topics in critical discourse and communication research (e.g. the 2018 International Symposium Uncivility, Racism and Populism: Interactive Practices and Discourses in Europe, USA & Beyond’)

Current members of the Discourse and Society research group include: