Citizenship talk refers to various types of discourse initiated to make citizens take part in politically and socially contested decision-making processes (`citizen participation'). `Citizenship' has, accordingly, become one of the dazzling key words whenever the democratic deficit of modern societies is moaned about. Asking for citizenship to be conceived of as a communicative achievement, the present book shows that sociolinguistics and pragmatics can essentially contribute to this interdisciplinary up-to-date issue of research: the volume offers a theoretically innovative concept of communicated citizenship and it presents a set of methodological approaches suited to deal with this concept at an empirical level (including contributions from Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Social Positioning Theory, Speech Act Theory and Ethnography). Furthermore, concrete data and empirical analyses are provided which take up the case of decision-making processes around the application of modern `green' biotechnology (`GMO field trials'). The volume thus illustrates the kind of findings and results that can be expected from this new and promising approach towards citizenship talk.
1. Foreword; 2. Introduction (by Hausendorf, Heiko); 3. PART I. COMMUNICATING CITIZENSHIP AS RESEARCH SUBJECT; 4. Communicating citizenship and social positioning: Theoretical concepts (by Bora, Alfons); 5. Licensing plant GMOs: A brief overview over European regulatory conditions for the deliberate release of genetically modified plants (by Bora, Alfons); 6. Procedure and participation: A social theoretical assessment of GM licensing procedures in Ireland and the UK (by O'Mahony, Patrick); 7. PART II. COMMUNICATING CITIZENSHIP AS A METHODOLOGICAL CHALLENGE; 8. Reconstructing social positioning in discourse: Methodological basics and their implementation from a conversation analysis perspective (by Hausendorf, Heiko); 9. Critical Discourse Analysis and Citizenship (by Fairclough, Norman); 10. A critical comparison of the investigative gaze of three approaches to text analysis (by Skillington, Tracey); 11. Communicating citizenship in verbal interaction: Principles of a speech act oriented discourse analysis (by Sbisa, Marina); 12. Communicative involvement in public discourse: Considerations on an ethnographic inventory and a proposal for the analysis of modes of citizenship (by Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas); 13. PART III. COMMUNICATING CITIZENSHIP IN DISCOURSE:EMPIRICAL ASPECTS; 14. Opening up the public space: On the framing and re-framing of a discussion meeting about GMO field trials (by Furchner, Ingrid); 15. Personal reference, social categorisation and the communicative achievement of citizenship: Comments on a local public meeting on GMO field trials (by Ivanyi, Zsuzsanna); 16. Quotations as a vehicle for social positioning (by Holsanova, Jana); 17. On doing being personal: Citizen talk as an identity-suspending device in public debates on GMOs (by Padmos, Henrike); 18. APPENDIX; 19. Data extracts from a local public meeting on GMO field trials; 20. Index