By E. Waterton

This e-book bargains a critique of the dominant conceptualization of historical past present in coverage, which has a tendency to privilege the white, center and higher periods. utilizing Britain as an illustration, Waterton explores how and why contemporary guidelines proceed to lean in the direction of the predictable melding of cultural variety with traits of assimilation.

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Intertextuality operates in a similar way to the linguistic concept assumption, which alludes to the judgements and backgrounds against which decisions and choices are made. Unlike the category of intertextuality, assumptions are rarely attributed in the text and remain vague allusions to information gathered ‘elsewhere’ (Fairclough 2003: 40). As a sign of ‘fellowship’ and solidarity (Fairclough 2003: 55), assumptions provide a cohesive attempt at postulating ‘common ground’ intertextually. Fairclough (2003: 55) identifies three main types of assumption: existential (what exists), propositional (what is, can, or will be), and value (what is good).

The data in brief The data drawn upon to investigate the discursive constructions of heritage analysed in this volume derive from two areas of social and qualitative research: textual analysis using CDA and in-depth interviewing. Texts drawn include policy documents, White Papers, consultation texts and legislative Acts, all of which are freely available either in hard copy or online. The analysis also draws upon a number of unpublished sources, including internal letters, historical records, consultation responses, reports, memos and policy drafts, all gathered from both online and institutional 34 Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in Britain archival sources.

This line of questioning brings in patterns of transitivity, or the relationships between participants, processes and circumstances (Benwell and Stokoe 2006: 109; Richardson 2007: 54), in which verbs, as doing words, start to make revelatory allusions about the textual and social constructions of different participants and their positionings. A transitive process will include an ‘actor’, ‘process’ and ‘affected’, and may be either passive or active, whereas intransitive processes will include either an ‘actor’ and ‘process’ or an ‘affected’ and ‘process’ (Fairclough 2003: 142).

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