Worldview and Social Practice: A discourse-space approach to political text analysis

A.R. Kaal

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD-Thesis - Research and graduation internal

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Worldview and Social Practice takes a cognitive-discourse approach to
semantic analysis of worldview constructions along Space, Time and
Attitude (STA) coordinates. It demonstrates how variations in STA schemas
shape Dutch political parties’ worldviews and the rationale behind their
election manifestos (2006, 2010). Results reveal a general trend towards
a more conservative worldview system in The Netherlands that warrants
more restrictive policies to ostensibly tighten security and increase stability.
Variations in spatial schemas transcend the left-right divide in party
competition and call attention to party positioning on the progressiveconservative
dimension from a cultural-cognitive perspective.
STA analysis makes a contribution to the transdisciplinary ambitions of
Critical Discourse Studies to build bridges between linguistics, political
science and sociology for a deeper understanding of diversity in social
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Cienki, Alan, Supervisor
  • Vossen, Piek, Co-supervisor
  • Chilton, Paul, Co-supervisor, -
Award date29 Mar 2017
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Print ISBNs9789462955875
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Discourse
  • Politics
  • Cognition
  • Worldview
  • Party positioning

VU Research Profile

  • Governance for Society


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