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Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-Totalitarian Era 9780739164655

Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-Totalitarian Era

The Case of Eastern Europe, Russia, and China

ISBN-10: 0739164651
ISBN-13: 9780739164655
PUBLISHER: Lexington Books
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Product Description: This book is unique among its kind-it is the first scholarly work to attempt a comprehensive and detailed look into the lingering legacies of the Communist totalitarian modes of thought and expression in the new discourse forms of the post-totalitarian era. The book also gives new and interesting insights into the ways the presumably democratically minded political elites in post-totalitarian Eastern Europe, Russia, and China manipulate language to serve their own political and economic agendas. The book consists of ten discrete discussions: nine case-studies and an introduction. Chapter 1 discusses patterns of continuity and change in the conceptual apparatus and linguistic habits of political science and sociology practiced in the Czech Republic before and after 1989. Chapter 2 analyzes lingering effects of Communist propaganda language in the political discourse and behavior in post-Communist Poland. Chapter 3 analyzes the legacy of Soviet semantics in post-Soviet Moldovan politics through the prism of such politically contested words as "democracy," ôdemocratization,ö and "people." Chapters 4 and 5 discuss the way in which Communist patterns of thought and expression manifest themselves in the new political discourse in Romania and Bulgaria, respectively. Chapter 6 examines phenomena of change and continuity in the sociolinguistic and sociopolitical scene of post-Soviet Latvia. Chapter.7 analyzes the extent to which the language of the post-Communist Romanian media differs from the official language of the Communist era. Chapter 8 examines the evolution of Russian official discourse since the late 1980s with a view of showing "whether of not new phenomena in the evolution of post-Soviet discourse represent new development or just a mutation of the value-orientations of the old Soviet ideological apparatus." Chapter 9 gives a detailed and lucid account of the evolution of both official and non-official discourse in China since the end of the Mao era. Book jacket.

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CATEGORY: Language Arts & Disciplines, Political Science
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