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Society's ‘New Normal’? The Role of Discourse in Surveillance and Silencing of Dissent During and Post Covid-19

18 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020 Publication Status: Under Review

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Jelena Timotijevic

University of Brighton - School of Humanities

Abstract

Within the historical materialist tradition, communication is principally understood to occur in concrete social contexts which are continually shifting in real socio-historical environments. Such a view of language and communication enables for an examination of media narratives in fast changing political landscapes surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular the manner in which normalisation of the discourses of surveillance takes place in the time of the health crisis. In examining surveillance practices and silencing of dissent in capitalism, we point to the dangers of a newly emergent narrative of the ‘new normal’ which threatens a violation of human rights and civil liberties.

Keywords: surveillance, discourse, history writing, historical materialism, Marxism, media narrative

Suggested Citation

Timotijevic, Jelena, Society's ‘New Normal’? The Role of Discourse in Surveillance and Silencing of Dissent During and Post Covid-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608576 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3608576

Jelena Timotijevic (Contact Author)

University of Brighton - School of Humanities ( email )

Brighton, BN1 9PH
United Kingdom

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