Building community in international politics: A study of political press conferences

Aditi Bhatia

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In today's increasingly globalised yet disconnected world, especially in the contemporary context of a turbulent political landscape, there has been an increasing effort made by socio-political leaders at solidifying alliances and drawing support from different corners of the world in order to neutralize policies. Drawing on a multidimensional framework, in particular, critical discourse analysis and membership categorization analysis, this paper explores the various strategies employed by political leaders, attempting to reconcile disparate perspectives in the face of increasing socio-economic inter-connection and political dependence. More often than not, it was discovered, political leaders drew upon the somewhat "illusory" notion of "international community", turning it into a tool of persuasion and membership category. In doing so, this paper aims to illustrate how the creation of illusive categories and perceptions are intended as a means of drawing support from diverse political leaders and projecting a united front before scrutinizing press and public.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-140
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Diplomatic language
  • Membership categorisation analysis
  • Political press conferences
  • Solidarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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