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Britain and Europe at a CrossroadsThe Politics of Anxiety and Transformation$
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Andrew Ryder

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200515

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200515.001.0001

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Introduction: Paradigm Shift, Reflexivity and Securitization

Introduction: Paradigm Shift, Reflexivity and Securitization

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(p.1) Introduction: Paradigm Shift, Reflexivity and Securitization
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(p.i) Britain and Europe at a Crossroads
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Andrew Ryder

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529200515.003.0001

The chapter sets out the conceptual framework for the book describing Brexit as part of a paradigm shift in Britain’s socio-economic and cultural chemistry. Brexit is a multi-layered and multidimensional phenomenon, at the intersection of many social, political and cultural forces and processes and the book’s introduction seeks to provide the context to these factors by exploring the nature of the economic, social and cultural drivers of Brexit. The introduction also explores the ‘tabloidisation’ of political rhetoric, basically the subtle manipulation of public thought through speech acts on identity and nationhood to further an agenda premised on achieving a new neoliberal order and the consolidation of power by existing economic, cultural and political elites. In this sense the book explores how a fear of risk and sense of anxiety is manipulated through securitisation. The introduction also sets out for the reader a conception of critical thinking and forms of discourse analysis used throughout the book to understand and dissect Brexit.

Keywords:   Paradigm shift, Securitisation, Critical Thinking, Speech Acts, Discourse Analysis

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