Legacies of Totalitarian Language in the Discourse Culture of the Post-Totalitarian Era: The Case of Eastern Europe, Russia, and China
This book is unique in its kind. It is the first scholarly work to attempt a comprehensive and fairly detailed look into the lingering legacies of the communist totalitarian modes of thought and expression in the new discourse forms of the post-totalitarian era. The book gives also new and interesting insights into the ways the new, presumably democratically-minded political elites in post-totalitarian Eastern Europe, Russia, and China manipulate language to serve their own political and economic agendas. The book consists of ten discrete discussions, nine case-studies or 'chapters' and an 'introduction.' Chapter 1 discusses patterns of continuity and change in the conceptual apparatus and linguistic habits of political science and sociology practiced in the Czech Republic before and after 1989. Chapter 2 analyzes lingering effects of communist propaganda language in the political discourse and behavior in post-communist Poland. Chapter 3 analyzes the legacy of Soviet semantics in post-Soviet Moldovan politics through the prism of such politically contested words as 'democracy,' 'democratization,' and 'people.' Chapters 4 and 5 discuss the way in which communist patterns of thought and expression manifest themselves in the new political discourse in Romania and Bulgaria, respectively. Chapter 6 examines phenomena of change and continuity in the socio-linguistic and socio-political scene of post-Soviet Latvia. Chapter 7 analyzes the extent to which the language of the post-communist Romanian media differs from the official language of the communist era. Chapter 8 examines the evolution of Russian official discourse since the late eighties with a view of showing 'whether or not new phenomena in the evolution of post-Soviet discourse represent new development or just a mutation of the value-orientations of the old Soviet ideological apparatus.' Chapter 9 gives a detailed and lucid account of the evolution of both official and non-official discourse in China since the end of the Mao era.
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Chapter 2 The Linguistic Legacy of the Communist Propaganda in PostCommunist Thought Patterns The Case of Poland
Chapter 3 What Does Democracy Mean in Moldova? Political Discourse Around Contested Words in the Disputed Elections of 2009
Chapter 4 The Language of Romanian PostCommunist Politics Twenty Years After Linguistic Memories of a Communist Past
Chapter 5 Newspeak in the Language of Politics in the PostTotalitarian Era The Case of Bulgaria
Chapter 6 Intertwining Legacies Language and SocioCultural Change in PostSoviet Latvia
Chapter 7 The Language of the Media in PostCommunist Romania Changes and Continuities
Chapter 8 Official Ideological Discourse in PreTransition and PostCommunist Russia What Has Really Changed since the Communist Period?
Chapter 9 Language State and Society in PostMao China Continuity and Change
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