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    Book Review: Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics by Thomas Docherty

Book Review: Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics by Thomas Docherty

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In Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics, Thomas Docherty offers a new examination of the historical and contemporary linkages between power, politics and the English language, arguing that the impoverishment of language is intimately connected with the impoverishment of political debate today. The book demonstrates the concomitant decline of discourse and democracy and brings a new slant to analyses of racism, classism […]

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    Book Review: Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility by Jo Littler

Book Review: Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility by Jo Littler

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In Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility, Jo Littler offers a rich analysis that intricately teases out the grasp ‘merit’ and ‘meritocracy’ have on everyday cultural and social narratives of value and power in contemporary society. This is a rewarding contribution to the shared work of challenging hegemonic, neoliberal myths that uphold the status quo, recommends Sarah Burton, and to […]

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