Narrating Crisis: The Discursive Construction of the `Winter of Discontent'

  title={Narrating Crisis: The Discursive Construction of the `Winter of Discontent'},
  author={Colin Hay},
  pages={253 - 277}
  • C. Hay
  • Published 1 May 1996
  • Sociology
  • Sociology
The winter of discontent continues to exert a powerful hold over the British political imaginary. It acts as a discursive key to a collective mythology seemingly appealed to, and conjured, in each wave of industrial unrest, in each hint of political turmoil and, until recently, whenever the election of a Labour Government looked credible. In this paper I consider the rhetorical strategies and linguistic devices deployed by the tabloid media in the narration of the events of the winter of 1978… 
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