Political Language and Metaphor
Interpreting and changing the world
Edited by Terrell Carver, Jernej Pikalo
Routledge – 2008 – 294 pages
Until a century ago, a metaphor was just a mere figure of speech, but since the development of discourse analysis a metaphor has become more than merely incidental to the content of the arguments or findings. Students and scholars in political studies know the importance of metaphors in electoral and policy-related politics, coming across metaphors that are, knowingly or unknowingly, influencing our perception of politics.
This book is the first to develop new methodological approaches to understand and analyse the use of metaphor in political science and international relations. It does this by:
This innovative study will be of interest to students and researchers of politics, international relations and communication studies.
Part 1: Science 1. The Ways of Stargazing: Newtonian Metaphoricity in American Foreign Policy 2. Slippery Slopes in Political Discourse 3. Mechanical Metaphors in Politics Part 2: Structures 4. Metaphors of Social Order 5.Metaphors of Solidarity6.Exploring the Metaphorical (De-)Construction of Legitimacy Part 3: Europe 7. Identifying and Assessing Metaphors 8. Discursive Metaphor Analysis 9. Political Protest and MetaphorPart 4: Sexuality 10. Real Construction through Metaphorical Language: How Animals and Machines (Amongst other Metaphors) Maketh (Hu)Man (What ‘He’ Is) 11. Data, Anecdote and Metaphor in Gender Equality Policy-Making: Merging ‘Intellectual and Real World Mainstreaming’ 12. Metaphors, Mini-Narratives and Foucauldian Discourse Theory Part 5: Policy 13. Metaphor, Catachresis and Equivalence 14. Love and Life in Heartless Town 15. Cognition Meets Action Part 6: Language 16. The Application of Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Political Discourse: Methodological Questions and Some Possible Solutions 17. Metaphorical Moves: ‘Scientific Expertise’ in Research Policy Studies 18. A Metaphorical Election Style
Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK.
Jernej Pikalo is Lecturer in Political Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.