Democracy and Radicalisation. Keywords for our times?. Raymond Williams 1976. Keywords:. Zeitgeist. Meanings reflecting the times The Last Enemy (BBC2 Sundays): “I’ve been away four years and everything has changed.”. Background to my research.
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Keywords for our times?
“I’ve been away four years and everything has changed.”
1. The meaning of ‘water’ during the 1995 Yorkshire water shortage.
2. The nature of the apology according to news coverage of Tony’s Blair’s ‘apology’ for the Iraq war.
3. The creation of opposites in context.
Determiners and adjectives
e.g. social democracy, a democracy
Grammatical role (Actor, Goal etc)
e.g. democracy is …
the US will bring democracy to…
e.g. transform (v) → transformation
e.g. She transformed the room
It was a transformation
e.g. radicalise (v) → radicalisation
e.g. Poverty radicalised the young Muslim
Muslim radicalisation (is increasing)