Space: Irrealis objects in technology policy and their role in a new political economy

Graham, Philip (2001) Space: Irrealis objects in technology policy and their role in a new political economy. Discourse & Society, 12 6: 761-788. doi:10.1177/0957926501012006003

Author Graham, Philip
Title Space: Irrealis objects in technology policy and their role in a new political economy
Journal name Discourse & Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0957-9265
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0957926501012006003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 6
Start page 761
End page 788
Total pages 28
Editor T.van Dijk
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject C1
400104 Communication and Media Studies
729901 Technological and organisational innovation
1702 Cognitive Sciences
2001 Communication and Media Studies
Abstract In this article, I show how new spaces are being prefigured for colonization in new economy policy discourses. Drawing on a corpus of 1.3 million words collected from legislatures throughout the world, I show the role of policy language in creating the foundations of an emergent form of political economy: The analysis is informed by principles from critical discourse analysis (CDA), classical political economy and critical media studies. It foregrounds a functional aspect of language called process metaphor to show how aspects of human activity are prefigured for mass commodification by the manipulation of realis and irrealis spaces. I also show how the fundamental element of any new political economy, the property element, is being largely ignored. Current moves to create a privately owned global space, which is as concrete as landed property - namely, the electromagnetic spectrum - has significant ramifications for the future of social relations in any global knowledge economy.
Keyword Communication
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Critical Discourse Analysis
Innovation Policy
Knowledge Economy
Policy Discourse
Political Economy
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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