The central concepts of discourse, hegemony and social antagonism are carefully explained and discussed and the theoretical framework is applied both on a variety of theoretical problems and in a sample of empirical studies. The book concludes with a discussion of the implications of discourse theory for our political understanding of democracy, citizenship and ethics.
New Theories of Discourse is written out of the basic conviction that postmodernity provides a great challenge to social, cultural and political theory and makes thinkable a whole range of new political projects of which the development of a radical plural democracy is one of the most promising and exciting.
Introduction: Discourse theory in context.
Part I: Intellectual development:.
1. A Gramsci-inspired critique of structural Marxism.
2. The advancement of a neo-Gramscian theory of discourse.
3. Towards a new type of postmodern theorizing.
Part II: Theoretical concepts:.
6. Social antagonism.
Part III: Problems and possible solutions:.
7. Structure and agency.
8. Power and authority.
9. The universal and the particular.
Part IV: Discourse analysis at work:.
10. The politics of nationalism and racism.
11. The politics of mass media.
12. The politics of the modern welfare state.
Part V: Political perspectives:.
13. Towards a radical plural democracy.
14. Beyond libertarianism and communitarianism.
15. The contours of a postmodern ethics?.
Conclusion: The tasks ahead.