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Legitimation in Discourse and Communication

Van Leeuwen, Theodore Jacob 2007. Legitimation in Discourse and Communication. Discourse and Communication 1 (1) , pp. 91-112. 10.1177/1750481307071986

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Abstract

The article sets out a framework for analysing the way discourses construct legitimation for social practices in public communication as well as in everyday interaction. Four key categories of legitimation are distinguished: 1) ‘authorization’, legitimation by reference to the authority of tradition, custom and law, and of persons in whom institutional authority is vested; 2) ‘moral evaluation’, legitimation by reference to discourses of value; 3) rationalization, legitimation by reference to the goals and uses of institutionalized social action, and to the social knowledges that endow them with cognitive validity; and 4) mythopoesis, legitimation conveyed through narratives whose outcomes reward legitimate actions and punish non-legitimate actions. Examples are drawn from texts legitimating or de-legitimating compulsory education, including children’s books, brochures for parents, teacher training texts, and media texts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: authority, communication, compulsory education, context, discourse, moral discourses
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1750-4821
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 02:44
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3678

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