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

Graham, Philip W. (2001) Space: irrealis objects in technology policy and their role in a new political economy. Discourse and Society, 12(6), pp. 761-788.

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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.

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ID Code: 7325
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: critical discourse analysis, innovation policy, knowledge economy, policy discourse, political economy
DOI: 10.1177/0957926501012006003
ISSN: 0957-9265
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 01 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:40

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