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Autores/as: Billig, Michael; Marinho, Cristina
Título: The Politics and Rhetoric of Commemoration
Subtítulo: How the Portuguese Parliament Celebrates the 1974 Revolution
Año de publicación: 2017
Lugar de edición: London
Editorial: Bloomsbury Academic

In recent years there has been much interest in collective memory and commemoration. It is often assumed that when nations celebrate a historic day, they put aside the divisions of the present to recall the past in a spirit of unity. As Billig and Marinho show, this does not apply to the Portuguese parliament's annual celebration of 25 April 1974, the day when the dictatorship, established by Salazar and continued by Caetano, was finally overthrown. Most speakers at the ceremony say little about the actual events of the day itself; and in their speeches they continue with the partisan politics of the present as combatively as ever.

To understand this, the authors examine in detail how the members of parliament do politics within the ceremony of remembrance; how they engage in remembering and forgetting the great day; how they use the low rhetoric of manipulation and point-scoring, as well as high-minded political rhetoric. The book stresses that the members of the audience contribute to the meaning of the ceremony by their partisan displays of approval and disapproval. Throughout, the authors demonstrate that, to uncover the deeper meanings of political rhetoric, it is necessary to take note of significant absences.

The Politics and Rhetoric of Commemoration illustrates how an in-depth case-study can be invaluable for understanding wider processes. The authors are not content just to uncover unnoticed features of the Portuguese celebration. They use the particular example to provide original insights about the rhetoric of celebrating and the politics of remembering, as well as throwing new light onto the nature of party political discourse.


“This excellent book allows insight in to the intricate symbolic struggles for hegemonic identity narratives in the Portuguese society, into what is said, but more importantly, what remains unsaid and why. A must-read for scholars and students trying to understand the impact of the politics of the past on present and future social developments.”
Ruth Wodak, FAcSS, Emerita and Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Lancaster University, UK,

Temática: Análisis del discurso, Sociolingüística


1. Introduction

2. 25th April 1974: significant presences and absences

3. The Parliamentary Ceremony: openings and closings

4. Politics, Parties and Persuasion

5. The Left: remembering to forget the day

6. The Right: forgetting to remember the day

7. Manipulating and Celebrating

8. Concluding Remarks: avoiding or repressing memory



Colección: Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies
Formato: Hardback
Págs.: 232
ISBN-13: 9781474297738
Precio: 94,20 EUR

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