Exercise of Power-Stretches and Ideology: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Imran Khan’s Speech on Freedom of Media and Corruption
Keywords:Freedom of Media, Corruption, Ideology, Hegemony, Power, Critical Discourse Analysis
The present study is qualitative, conducted to understand the power stretches and the ideological illustration of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan. The study aims to understand the politicians’ discursive practices to control the audience’s thinking. Imran Khan’s “Freedom of Media and Corruption” speech is selected as the study sample. Corruption and media freedom are the core aspects used in the Pakistani political stretches through which the speakers are intended to gain the listeners’ favor. The study has adopted the framework of Norman Fairclough (1989), discussing the socio- cultural practices of the discourse through discursive strategies. The study has found that former Prime Minister Imran Khan uses discursive practices to exercise power and hegemony by selecting particular terms related to national issues. Self-positivity, self-orientation, and self-ideological supremacy are the core aspects of his speeches.
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