A1 Journal article (refereed)
Integrating a Nexus : the History of Political Discourse and Language Policy Research (2019)

Ihalainen, Pasi; Saarinen, Taina (2019). Integrating a Nexus : the History of Political Discourse and Language Policy Research. Rethinking History, 23 (4), 500-519. DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2019.1638587

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Ihalainen, Pasi; Saarinen, Taina

Journal or series: Rethinking History

ISSN: 1364-2529

eISSN: 1470-1154

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 23

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 500-519

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13642529.2019.1638587

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66931


Historians of political discourse and language policy researchers should join forces to develop methods of textual analysis that help to integrate political and intellectual history. They could do so by focusing their analysis on interconnections between material realities, human physical action, practices and structures, as well as institutions and ideologies as discursive constructs. Such a version of soft constructivism underscoring the discursive nature of much of politics encourages historians to analyse past political discourses more systematically. Concepts such as
nexus, historical body, mobility and discursive transfers borrowed from language research deepen our analytical understanding of the multi-level dynamics of policy-making, directing attention to links between various debates as well as to transnational transfers. Our empirical examples are derived from Swedish and Finnish constitutional debates in the last phase of the First World War, but similar research strategies are applicable to the analysis of political discourse in any context.

Keywords: historical research; methodology; political history; intellectual history; transnationalism; discourse research; language policy

Free keywords: methodology; political history; intellectual history; conceptual history; transnational history; history of political discourse; language policy research

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Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 3

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