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Manipulating the public?: A critical discourse analysis of Donald Trump’s 2016 Immigration speech
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study examines and analyses the discursive strategies of manipulation in Donald Trump’s 2016 Immigration speech. As of date, opposing arguments regarding Donald Trump’s leadership in the United States have stimulated discussions whether he has abused his power as a leader of the nation. Consequently, this study aims to critically examine how manipulation is used in an interactive and communicative socio-political context and how it is used as a method to gain and preserve social dominance. For that purpose, this study uses critical discourse analysis as a framework along with Van Dijk’s (2006) inventory of strategies of manipulation in discourse to analyse Donald Trump’s 2016 Immigration speech. The focus lies on how two linked strategies, positive self-presentation and negative other-presentation, are applied in various ways to deliberately manipulate the public. The conclusion drawn by the study is that characteristics of manipulative discourse are used by Donald Trump to manipulate the audience in order to gain social power and dominance by way of emphasising the negative aspects of his rivals and his own positive qualities in an attempt to legitimise his own beliefs and plans of action.

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2019. , p. 47
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Critical Discourse Analysis, Donald Trump, manipulative discourse, social dominance, social power
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178737OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178737DiVA, id: diva2:1399530
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Available from: 2020-03-04 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2020-03-04Bibliographically approved

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