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Title: Discursive shifts in the style of political governance in Singapore
Authors: CHANG WEI XING
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: CHANG WEI XING (2018-04-16). Discursive shifts in the style of political governance in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study explores how political leaders in Singapore are discursively constructed in terms of their styles of political governance, which serve to constitute part of their political identities. To do so, it examines the discursive shifts in the style of political governance in Singapore by comparing the language use of political leaders to identify and contrast their use of linguistic resources that serves to give rise to different styles of political governance. In this study, I will first explore how these resources are used to legitimise the leaders’ personal voices to achieve specific political goals. I will then explore how the process of legitimation would serve to construct different degrees of authoritative voice that arguably give rise to the differences in the leaders’ styles of political governance. I will use a discourse analytic approach, which is operationalised within a Bakhtinian theoretical framework, in this study to address the directions set up above. In doing so, the present study would not only serve to provide greater insights on the relationship language and power within the study of political discourse but also the understanding of Bakhtin’s theories.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/143508
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