Not the party of the welfare state: The boundaries of the concept of the welfare state in the construction of political identities across the British press

Malgorzata Paprota


Positioned within the discourse-historical approach (DHA) to discourse analysis, this paper examines the function of discursive constructions of the welfare state as a concept in asserting political identities in a corpus of British newspaper articles. It finds the boundaries of the concept are an important factor in the construction of such identities and proposes that delineation of concept boundaries be considered among the discursive strategies analysed in DHA.


welfare state; concept boundaries; discourse-historical approach; British press

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Date of publication: 2018-07-11 11:33:34
Date of submission: 2018-04-07 15:27:16


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