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‘Piketty is a genius, but … ’: an analysis of journalistic delegitimation of Thomas Piketty’s economic policy proposals

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dc.contributor.author Rieder, Maria
dc.contributor.author Theine, Hendrik
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-08T15:18:16Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-08T15:18:16Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7675
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The continued rise of socio-economic inequality over the past decades with its connected political outcomes such as the Brexit vote in the UK, and the election of Donald Trump are currently a matter of intense debate both in academia and in journalism. One significant sign of the heightened interest was the surprise popularity of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the twenty-first Century. The book reached the top of the bestseller lists and was described as a ‘media sensation’, with Piketty himself as a ‘rock star economist’. This paper, drawing from a major international and cross-disciplinary study, investigates the print media treatment in four European countries of economic policy proposals presented in Capital. Applying social semiotic and critical discourse analysis, we specifically focus on articles which are in disagreement with these proposals and identify five categories of counterarguments used against Piketty: authorisation, moralisation, rationalisation, portrayal of victimhood and inevitability. Providing textual and linguistic examples we demonstrate how the use of linguistic resources normalises and conventionalises ideology-laden discourses of economic means (taxation) and effects, reinforcing particular views of social relations and class as common sense and therewith upholding and perpetuating power relations and inequalities. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge: Taylor and Francis Ltd., en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Critical Discourse Studies;16 (3), pp. 248-263
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2019.1573148
dc.subject Thomas Piketty en_US
dc.subject economic inequality en_US
dc.subject economic ideology en_US
dc.subject redistribution policies en_US
dc.subject social semiotics en_US
dc.subject critical discourse analysis en_US
dc.subject economic discourse en_US
dc.subject media discourse en_US
dc.subject legitimation strategies en_US
dc.title ‘Piketty is a genius, but … ’: an analysis of journalistic delegitimation of Thomas Piketty’s economic policy proposals en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/17405904.2019.1573148
dc.contributor.sponsor OeNB Anniversary Fund en_US
dc.relation.projectid 16789 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2892983


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