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Tue Jan 13 2015

FYI: Call For Chapter Proposals: Political Discourse in Fragile and Failed States

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <>

Date: 13-Jan-2015
From: Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo <>
Subject: Call For Chapter Proposals: Political Discourse in Fragile and Failed States
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Proposal Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015

"Political Discourse in Emergent, Fragile, and Failed Democracies", a book edited by
- Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo, (Department of Languages and Communication Studies, Technical University, Kenya)
- Omondi Oketch, (Department of Languages and Communication Studies, Technical University, Kenya)
- Asiru Hameed Tunde, (Department of English and Linguistics, Kenyatta University, Kenya).
To be published by IGI Global: for release in the Advances in Linguistics and Communication Studies (ALCS) Book Series.

Propose a chapter for this book:
The Advances in Linguistics and Communication Studies (ALCS) book series presents the latest research in diverse topics relating to language and communication. Interdisciplinary in its coverage, ALCS presents comprehensive research on the use of language and communication in various industries including business, education, government, and healthcare.

Democracy as a system of government may be defined as a set of institutions that permits the entire adult population to act as citizens by choosing their leading decision makers in competitive, fair, and regularly scheduled elections which are held in the context of the rule of law, guarantees for political freedom, and limited military prerogatives. Specified in this manner, democracy is a political concept involving several dimensions: (1) contestation over policy and political competition for office; (2) participation of the citizenry through partisan, associational, and other forms of collective action; (3) accountability of rulers to the ruled through mechanisms of representation and the rule of law; and (4) civilian control over the military. A failed or fragile democracy would therefore, be one in which any of the four components is dysfunctional or have malfunctioned; while an emergent democracy would be viewed as one in which the requisite structures for the full functionality of the four components are still in the process of construction This books aims to interrogate the nature of political discourse in emergent, fragile and failed democracies. The underlying assumption is that Political Discourse in such democracies would be markedly different from that in stable democracies due to the fact that such discourses are bound to be constrained by and therefore, reflective of the fragile nebulous nature of such democracies and the attempts at restoration to stability and full functionality. In the spirit of contemporary approaches in CDA, (Fairclough 1995; van Dijk, 1993b) this would mean that critical-political discourse analysis deals especially with the reproduction of political power, power abuse or domination through political discourse, including the various forms of resistance or counter-power against such forms of discursive dominance. In particular such an analysis is expected to deal with the discursive conditions and consequences of social and political inequality that result from such domination in emergent, fragile and failed states.

Objective of the Book:
The anticipated publication will go a long way in contributing to existing debate and scholarship on political discourse analysis. By focusing on emergent, fragile, and failed states, the book cuts a niche for itself since much of the political discourse analysis studies have tended to focus almost entirely on western scholarship. Accordingly, it is bound to provide new insights and perspectives on political discourse analysis. It is for this reason that this proposed book should be published.

Target Audience:
Policy makers, academicians, researchers, advanced-level students, policy makers, politicians and political commentators and government officials will find this text useful in furthering their research exposure to pertinent topics in Political Discourse Analysis, Politics and Governance and assisting in furthering their own research efforts in this field.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics relating to Political Discourse Analysis in emergent, fragile and failed states:
- Political systems
- Construction of collective identities and ideologies
- Political values
- Political organizations
- Military in politics
- Political grandstanding
- Revolutionary politics
- Ethnicity and politics
- Race and politics
- Terrorism, radicalization and politics
- Political systems
- Political processes
- Political relations
- Political Cognition
- Political institutions
- Political Organizations
- Political groups
- Political marginalization and hegemony
- Transitional politics
- Democratic process

Submission Procedure:
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28th, 2015 a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 30th 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30th 2015. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Full chapters may be submitted to this book here:

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

Important Dates:
February 28, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 30 2015: Notification of Acceptance
June 30th 2015: Full Chapter Submission
August 30, 2015: Review Results Returned
September 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries can be forwarded to Dr. Daniel Ochieng Orwenjo at

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

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