The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics provides a comprehensive overview of this important and dynamic area of study and research. Language is indispensable to initiating, justifying, legitimatising and coordinating action as well as negotiating conflict and, as such, is intrinsically linked to the area of politics. With 45 chapters written by leading scholars from around the world, this Handbook covers the following key areas:

  • Overviews of the most influential theoretical approaches, including Bourdieu, Foucault, Habermas and Marx;
  • Methodological approaches to language and politics, covering – among others –  content analysis, conversation analysis, multimodal analysis and narrative analysis;
  • Genres of political action from speech-making and policy to national anthems and billboards;
  • Cutting-edge case studies about hot-topic socio-political phenomena, such as ageing, social class, gendered politics and populism.

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics is a vibrant survey of this key field and is essential reading for advanced students and researchers studying language and politics.

chapter |14 pages

Introducing the language–politics nexus

ByRuth Wodak, Bernhard Forchtner

part I|136 pages

Theoretical approaches to language and politics

chapter 1|13 pages

Rhetoric as a civic art from antiquity to the beginning of modernity

BySara Rubinelli

chapter 2|13 pages

From Karl Marx to Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser

ByBob Jessop

chapter 3|24 pages

Jürgen Habermas

Between democratic deliberation and deliberative democracy
BySimon Susen

chapter 4|15 pages

Michel Foucault

Discourse, power/knowledge and the modern subject
ByReiner Keller

chapter 5|14 pages

Jacques Lacan

Negotiating the psychosocial in and beyond language
ByYannis Stavrakakis

chapter 6|13 pages

The discourse theory of Ernesto Laclau

ByChristoffer Kølvraa

chapter 7|13 pages

Pierre Bourdieu

Ally or foe of discourse analysis?
ByAndrew Sayer

chapter 8|13 pages

Conceptual history

The history of basic concepts
ByJan Ifversen

chapter 9|16 pages

Critical Discourse Studies

A critical approach to the study of language and communication
ByBernhard Forchtner, Ruth Wodak

part II|156 pages

Methodological approaches to language and politics

chapter 10|16 pages

Content analysis

ByRoberto Franzosi

chapter 11|18 pages

Corpus analysis

ByAmelie Kutter

chapter 12|15 pages

Cognitive Linguistic Critical Discourse Studies

Connecting language and image
ByChristopher Hart

chapter 13|16 pages

Competition metaphors and ideology

Life as a race
ByJonathan Charteris-Black

chapter 14|15 pages

Legitimation and multimodality

ByTheo van Leeuwen

chapter 15|14 pages

Narrative analysis

ByAnna De Fina

chapter 16|15 pages

Rhetorical analysis

ByClaudia Posch

chapter 17|14 pages

Understanding political issues through argumentation analysis

ByRuth Amossy

chapter 18|15 pages

Conversation analysis and the study of language and politics

BySteven E. Clayman, Laura Loeb

chapter 19|16 pages

Politics beyond words

Ethnography of political institutions
ByEndre Dányi

part III|178 pages

Genres of political action

chapter 20|17 pages

Parliamentary debates

ByCornelia Ilie

chapter 21|16 pages

Government communication

BySten Hansson

chapter 22|13 pages

Press conferences

ByMats Ekström, Göran Eriksson

chapter 23|13 pages


Documents and laws
ByKristof Savski

chapter 24|15 pages

The semiotics of political commemoration

ByMartin Reisigl

chapter 25|15 pages

Mediatisation and political language

ByMichael Higgins

chapter 26|14 pages

Performing politics

From the town hall to the inauguration
ByJennifer Sclafani

chapter 27|14 pages

Genres of political communication in Web 2.0

ByHelmut Gruber

chapter 28|14 pages

Music and sound as discourse and ideology

The case of the national anthem
ByDavid Machin

chapter 29|14 pages

The language of party programmes and billboards

The example of the 2014 parliamentary election campaign in Ukraine
ByLina Klymenko

chapter 30|14 pages

Caricature and comics

ByRandy Duncan

chapter 31|17 pages


ByJo Angouri, Lorenza Mondada

part IV|116 pages

Applications and cases I: language, politics, and contemporary socio-cultural challenges

chapter 32|13 pages

Climate change and the socio-ecological crisis

ByAnabela Carvalho

chapter 33|14 pages

Old and dependent

The construction of a subject position for politics and care
ByBernhard Weicht

chapter 34|14 pages

Language and gendered politics

The ‘double bind’ in action
ByTanya Romaniuk, Susan Ehrlich

chapter 35|13 pages

Queering multilingualism and politics

Regimes of mobility, citizenship and (in)visibility
ByTommaso M. Milani, Erez Levon

chapter 36|16 pages

Language and globalisation

ByMelissa L. Curtin

chapter 37|15 pages

A cultural political economy of Corporate Social Responsibility

The language of ‘stakeholders’ and the politics of new ethicalism
ByNgai-Ling Sum

chapter 38|15 pages

The fictionalisation of politics

ByRuth Wodak, Bernhard Forchtner

chapter 39|14 pages

Religion and the secular

ByTeemu Taira

part V|86 pages

Applications and cases II: language, politics, and (de)mobilisation

chapter 40|15 pages

Discursive depoliticisation and political disengagement

ByMatthew Flinders, Matt Wood

chapter 41|12 pages

Identity politics, populism and the far right

ByAnton Pelinka

chapter 42|16 pages

Race, racism, discourse

ByDávid Kaposi, John E. Richardson

chapter 43|14 pages

The materiality and semiosis of inequality and class struggle and warfare

The case of home-evictions in Spain
ByDavid Block

chapter 44|13 pages

Language under totalitarian regimes

The example of political discourse in Nazi Germany
ByAndreas Musolff

chapter 45|14 pages

Discursive underpinnings of war and terrorism

ByAdam Hodges