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PRIVATE INTERESTS AND PROBLEM FRAMES IN SOCIAL POLICY REFORM: A CORPUS-ASSISTED CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYTICAL STUDY Pages 1-29

Gabrielle Meagher & David P. Wilkins

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  • This paper has two aims: to contribute to understanding of the role that private providers in social care markets play in social policy-making, and to present a method that enables systematic identification of themes in large bodies of policy-relevant digitized documents. We pursue these aims through corpus-assisted analysis of submissions by providers (non-profit, for-profit and professional) to an Australian inquiry into aged care policy in 2010-11. We show how quantitative methods from corpus linguistics can be used to identify themes, at the level of the word, phrase and construction, and outline how this form of analysis can support critical discourse analysis in the qualitative interpretive tradition. Our analysis reveals clear differences in how the three groups frame policy ‘problems’ and their ‘solutions’, and that these framings align broadly with their interests. We find evidence of a ‘market frame’ in the For-profit sub-corpus, an ‘advocacy frame’ in the Non-profit sub-corpus, and a ‘professionalism frame’ in the Professional sub-corpus. We also find some important commonalities between the provider groups, which raise questions for further research about internal diversity within these groups and about the interaction between regulation, system structure, and organizational interests.

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THE TREATMENT OF THE HOLOCAUST IN THE WRITINGS OF DARWISH AND TIBI: CRITIQUE OR IDENTIFICATION? Pages 30-52

Adel Shakour & Abdallah Tarabeih

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  • The article discusses the rhetorical strategies of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) and the politician and Israeli Parliament member Ahmed Tibi with regard to Holocaust remembrance. The article compares the rhetorical strategies that these writers use to express messages linked to the Holocaust. The main questions examined in the article are: How should we characterize the construction of the ethos and different types of topoi in their rhetoric, and is there a difference between their rhetorical strategies in the context of Holocaust remembrance, bearing in mind that both are considered anti-Zionists?

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IDEOLOGY, THE NATION AND THE UNSAID: SENSING THE MISSION IN ISRAELI MIDDLE EAST STUDIES Pages 53-68

Eyal Clyne

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  • This article examines the discursive assumptions arising from a prevalent narrative in Israeli Middle East studies, as carrying a public mission. Drawing on Foucauldian, psychosocial and cultural critical discourse analysis, it deconstructs an interview with a key individual in the field to dislodge the political unconscious layers in the pivotal power-knowledge agency, and draw conclusions about the politics of knowledge production, practices of academic elites, and the particularities of language with the specific cultural-historical conditions in which it operates. Arguably, the narration of a ‘public mission’ is a discourse fostered by political suppositions, such as inclusion and exclusion, secularised-religious morphologies, and naturalisation of interested hegemonic and academic discourse, as well as manifests a particular Zionist devotion of the individual to the nation and state.

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LIVING IN AN ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION: IDEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATIONS OF AN AUTHORITARIAN MODE OF SUSTAINABILITY IN CHINA Pages 69-91

Edwin A. Schmitt

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  • The proper analysis of environmental politics in different national contexts requires a returned focus on ideology. This article demonstrates that a neutral conceptualization of ideology is necessary to understand the way environmental politics integrates with social and cultural interpretations of how to manage environmental issues. The article examines Ecological Civilization, the Chinese Communist Party’s interpretation of sustainability, to demonstrate that the ideology resonates across Chinese society. The article first analyses semantic themes within the Party’s interpretation of Ecological Civilization, which continues to prioritize economic development over environmental protection. The article then shows that these themes are also prevalent in the media but are presented to the public utilizing different genres, styles and voice. Finally, by analysing the interpretation of Ecological Civilization from 245 residents of Chengdu, the article shows how some in China prioritize economic development, while others emphasize the importance of protecting the environment. The central finding is that in general residents support the government’s heavy-handed approach to environmental policy, thereby reinforcing the state’s authoritarian control over society. The article concludes by arguing that this finding is demonstrated by drawing from a neutral conceptualization of ideology and that such a framework should now be extended to other socio-political contexts.

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