Relativist positions in truth claims can mask relations of power and inequality. A critical realist position allows the identification of such structures, claims Eugene Flanagan in a recent article.
The article studies four newspaper texts in Ireland related to wealth and welfare. Let’s get real: a critical semiotic analysis of Irish print media discourses was published in Social Semiotics and is available online (free abstract).
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