This paper examines the discursive tendencies and underlying ideologies in the British news- papers The Telegraph’s and The Guardian’s articulations, as well as their associated com- mentary tracks concerning the Brexit debate. Furthermore, it has been investigated how the Britons can be able to aspire to a more rational and objective debate form.
By use of Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson’s book Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire (2019), it has been described how the imperialistic mentality of Britons is one of the contributory causes to Brexit. The analysis is based upon Norman Fairclough’s Theory Criti- cal Discourse Analysis in which a partial insight into the discursive tendencies of the Brexit debate has been discovered. In light of the analysis of The Telegraph’s and The Guardian’s leading articles and associated commentary tracks we have identified blame-, supremacy-, imperialistic- and equality discourses, which are rooted in either a conservative or liberal ide- ology based upon Claire Heeryung Kim’s, DaHee Han’s, Adam Duchachek’s and Zakary L. Tormala’s study Political identity, preference and persuasion (2018). In a psychological per- spective we have applied the theory of Richard A. Friedman’s article Overcoming Tribalism (2018) the role of tribalism in the Brexit debate has been investigated with the aim of pre- venting them from grouping discursively.
Finally, we have discussed how the Brexit debate can aspire to an even more rational and ob- jective form inspired by Jürgen Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action focusing on the ideal speech situation. At the end proposing John Rawls’ Theory of Justice, which deals with reflective equilibrium, as a possible practical and methodical solution (idealistic considered) to the Brexit debate’s endeavours to become an ideal speech situation.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||16 dec. 2019|
|Vejledere||Kasper Andreas Kristensen|