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Discourse and Identity in the Professions

Legal, Corporate and Institutional Citizenship

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Vijay K. Bhatia and Paola Evangelisti Allori

Professional identities are not only constructed through discourse, but can also be studied and analysed through discourse and communication behaviour, which is probably the most powerful resource available for the understanding of their nature and function. The present volume investigates the ways in which the discourses produced in a variety of professional contexts, especially in business, legal and institutional spheres of action, shape and manifest professional identities.
The focus of the studies in this collection is on whether, and to what extent, the in-group identity of a given professional community and the norms elaborated by it affect the communicative behaviour of the individual participant or whether, and to what extent, the professional communication is also affected by the participant’s specific objectives in the performance of that professional practice.
Most of the studies reported here employ discourse and genre analytical and corpus linguistics tools to highlight the ways and means by which discourses contribute to the analysis of typical identity traits of various professional communities to provide some account of the way members of these professional communities strategically manipulate linguistic resources to achieve their professional objectives.

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PAOLA EVANGELISTI ALLORI Discourse and Identity in the Professions. Corporate, Legal and Institutional Citizenships ................................... 9 I. Corporate Citizenships VIJAY K. BHATIA Contested Identities in Corporate Disclosure Documents .................. 27 TARJA SALMI-TOLONEN Clean Corporate Citizenship Identity ................................................. 45 SANDRA CAMPAGNA Re-branding Corporate Citizenship: a Rite of Passage? ..................... 59 PAOLA CATENACCIO / CHIARA DEGANO Corporate Social Responsibility as a Key to the Representation of Corporate Identity. The Case of Novartis ....................................... 79 MIGUEL F. RUIZ-GARRIDO / Mª NOELIA RUIZ-MADRID Corporate Identity in the Blogosphere: The Case of Executive Weblogs ....................................................... 103 PAULA MARY HICKEY You are What you Ride. The Emergence and Evolution of Social Identity through Motorcycle Brand Names ....................... 127 II. Legal Citizenships PAOLA EVANGELISTI ALLORI The Legal Identities of Sport Arbitrators and Judges in International Pronouncements A Case for Genre Variation? .......... 147 GIULIANA LADOMERY Generic Identity in the Advisory Opinions of Sport Arbitration Case Law .......................................................... 171 MAURIZIO GOTTI / PATRIZIA ANESA Professional Identities in Italian Arbitral Awards: the Spread of Lawyers’ Language .................................................... 189 STEFANIA M. MACI Arbitration in Italy. Litigation Procedures in Arbitral Practice ........ 213 MICHELE SALA Legal Expertise as a Cultural Identity Trait ...................................... 239 III. Identities in Institutional and Socio-political Domains PAOLA VIGNATI Discourse and Identity in Migration Legislation .............................. 267 GIULIA RICCIO Portrait of a Press Secretary: a CADS Investigation into the Professional Identity of the White House Top Media Strategist ...... 281 PAOLO DONADIO / ANTONELLA NAPOLITANO Denying Identity to the Unified Europe. A Neo-Conservative View from the United States ........................... 305 SUSAN KERMAS Levelling: a Diachronic Survey of Metaphor in Socio-political Discourse .............................................................. 325...

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