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Title: Citizenship and semiotics : representing the state and the citizen in the English and French linguistic and social systems
Author: Pagani, Giulio
ISNI:       0000 0004 2745 6649
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This is a cross-over project concerned with both State Theory and Discourse Analysis which approaches both from an unusual angle. These academic disciplines have respectively focussed on the very abstract or the very particular in terms of state forms and outputs, with overarching policy directions and discursive tendencies being the main concern of the former discipline and the detail of spoken and written linguistic texts being the privileged point of access for the latter. This thesis addresses a gap in both focus and in detailed work by paying theoretical and analytical attenti~o a series of outputs of the state that have not previously been systematically and comprehensively examined as discourse - namely material infrastructures. It is argued that such infrastructures are not only discursive, or capable of generating meaning, but also that they may be described and analysed as 'semiotic resources' or 'modes of discourse' in their own right that are utilised in the creation of texts by means of which the state communicates with citizens. Use of a combination of theoretical models from the systemic-functional (SF) approach to semiosis sustains this argument and correspondingly enables the development of an analytical framework capable of being applied to texts in a variety of forms and modes encompassing written and pictorial documents, material items and combinations thereof. The framework is applied to two groups of texts which consist of the documentary and material records of the delivery of public transport infrastructure projects by local government institutions in the UK and France. The analyses trace the representation of the state. as it is passed from text to text, genre to genre and documentary to material form, enabling a conclusion that material infrastructures can indeed come to generate meanings pertinent to such representation and a proposal of the mechanisms by which this occurs.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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