Garcia2019

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Garcia2019
BibType ARTICLE
Key Garcia2019
Author(s) Angela Cora Garcia
Title Bordering work in contemporary political discourse: The case of the US/Mexico border wall proposal
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Tag(s) EMCA, Border security, border walls, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, immigration policy, United States politics, US/Mexico border
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Year 2019
Language English
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Journal Discourse & Society
Volume 30
Number 6
Pages 573 –599
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DOI 10.1177/0957926519870048
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Abstract

In this article, I use a critical discourse analytic approach to investigate how President Trump’s campaign goal to build a wall along the US/Mexico border has been discussed in United States political discourse. The data analyzed are 30 videotaped speeches and other public events which occurred between October 2016 and March 2018. These data are publicly available from the cable news channel C-SPAN’s online video archive. The analysis focuses on the communicative techniques and strategies used to persuade others and justify one’s position in the interactions and events studied. In this article, I show how the border wall proposal is reformulated into a debate about border security, and how diverse ways of referring to persons without approved documentation are used to support arguments on both sides of the debate.

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