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Information and Persuasion

Studies in Linguistics, Literature, Culture, and Discourse Analysis

Edited By Maria-Ionela Neagu and Domnita Tomescu

This transdisciplinary study gathers research papers that reveal the multifarious facets of the concept of «persuasion». It is argued that regardless of its degree of intentionality, the act of persuasion underlying each information item prompts the interlocutors to cross the borders of political, historical, linguistic, narrative, psychotherapeutic, and even marketing configurations. The contributors’ contention is that political thinking and ideology-grounded linguistic patterns act as a form of social control, both informing and shaping the sense of identity of the manipulated masses and of the oppressed.

«Taking a sociolinguistic turn, this volume of interesting scholarly works addresses matters of ideological loadings in a variety of genres, contributing to the development of new research paradigms.» – Bledar Toska, University of Vlora «Ismail Qemali»

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Early empowerment and discursive agency: teenage users on the Internet (Raluca Petre)

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Raluca PetreOvidius University of Constanţa

Early empowerment and discursive agency: teenage users on the Internet

Abstract: The Internet turns out to be a site of early empowerment for teenage users. I problematize and empirically explore types of agency and the discursive practices of youth power and argue that early empowerment in a non-rational legal setting can lead to discretionary practices. The empirical investigation draws on critical discourse analysis building on a corpus of semi-structured interviews and focus-groups.

1.  Introduction

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