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Title: Ideology and politics in 'enjoyable' media discourse : a Lacanian approach
Author: Chang, Wei-yuan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 6795
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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Given the importance of media in contemporary scene of politics, there is a pressing need to find a satisfactory framework within which to assess the ideological and political significance of media discourse. Following the 'affective' or 'emotive' turn in contemporary media studies, I take the factor of 'enjoyment' as the privileged focus of analysis of the ideology and political potential in media discourse. When approaching the political potential and ideology in the dimension of enjoyment in media discourse, I rely on the key concept of 'logic of enjoyment: The concept of 'logic of enjoyment' is developed from a combination of post-structuralist political discourse theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis. In this thesis, I have fleshed out three logics of enjoyment, namely, the perverse and the neurotic logics of enjoyment and the logic of political drive, to critically analyze and assess the political potential, ideology and the 'degrees' of ideology in the mediated and discursively constructed enjoyment. The thesis's primary objective, therefore, .is theoretical in character. Nonetheless, through a set of detailed case illustrations, I also make a modest contribution to our understanding of two empirical cases: the Red Shirt Army case of 2006 in Taiwan; and, to a lesser extent, the MPs' Expenses Scandal of 2009 in the UK.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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