Democratic participation and Letters to the Editor in Britain and Italy

Pounds, Gabrina (2006) Democratic participation and Letters to the Editor in Britain and Italy. Discourse and Society, 17 (1). pp. 29-64. ISSN 1460-3624

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Both in Italy and Britain ‘Letters to the Editor’ can arguably be considered a means through which readers can express and debate opinions on current affairs and thereby contribute to and participate in the democratic process. Two main questions arise: first, to what extent can one talk about ‘democratic participation’ in either case, given the role of the ‘Letters' in the two cultural settings?; second, to what extent and at what levels does the discourse of the ‘Letters' encode ‘participation’? It is argued that the Italian and British ‘Letters' perform significantly different functions, reflecting the different roles played by the press in Britain and Italy. A model for the analysis of ‘participation’ in the discourse of the ‘Letters' is suggested and exemplified. The findings from its application to a corpus of British and Italian ‘Letters' are presented and assessed in the light of the preceeding cultural comparison.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:57
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2023 13:30
DOI: 10.1177/0957926506058064

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