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Democratic theory as social codification


Ewert, Christian; Repetti, Marion (2019). Democratic theory as social codification. Democratic Theory, 6(2):58-69.

Abstract

What is democratic theory? In this article we treat it as a semiotic code – that is to say, a shared assumption – and argue that democratic theory enables people to think and talk about the idea(s) of democracy. Furthermore, the application of this specific code is highly political. For one, it is embedded in concrete contexts and discourses and used in arguments and narratives. In addition, the application of democratic theory has also substantial consequences on the lives of people. We illustrate this argument by reflecting briefly on Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and its recodification and consequences in different contexts.

Abstract

What is democratic theory? In this article we treat it as a semiotic code – that is to say, a shared assumption – and argue that democratic theory enables people to think and talk about the idea(s) of democracy. Furthermore, the application of this specific code is highly political. For one, it is embedded in concrete contexts and discourses and used in arguments and narratives. In addition, the application of democratic theory has also substantial consequences on the lives of people. We illustrate this argument by reflecting briefly on Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and its recodification and consequences in different contexts.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Abraham Lincoln, consequences of signification, context of signification, semiotic code, social discourse, social semiotics
Language:English
Date:December 2019
Deposited On:15 Jan 2020 10:48
Last Modified:26 Jan 2020 07:05
Publisher:Berghahn Books Ltd.
ISSN:2332-8894
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3167/dt.2019.060206

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