Language, Marxism and the Grasping of Policy Agendas: Neo-liberalism and political voice in Scotland’s poorest communities

Charles Collins

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Abstract

This chapter conceives an agenda of interventionist research focusing upon the emotional vulnerability of Scotland’s poor communities to exploitation by purveyors of neoliberalism. The point is, rather, that an awareness of linguistic change, informed by Vološinov’s Marxism and the Philosophy of Language, was the trigger for a broader investigation of ongoing processes of change and development in Scottish economy, politics and society. This investigation made it possible to grasp – in a way that would probably not otherwise have been possible – what was going on in a key moment of policy change and in the associated implementation frameworks. On this basis, it was possible to respond, and to help to enable others to respond, timeously.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarxism and Social Movements
EditorsColin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, Alf Gunvald Nilsen
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Pages336-356
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic) 9789004251434
ISBN (Print)9789004211759
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameHistorical Materialism Book Series
PublisherBrill
Volume46
ISSN (Print)1570-1522

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