Category Archives: Discourse analysis

An analysis of power dynamics at work

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power and languageWith this post I want to open a reflection and a conversation, among other on issues of power and language in the working context. I will do so by analysing a real situation where I was directly involved. Hopefully this analysis will boost awareness-raising contributing to workers’ empowerment and eventually to build up efficient bottom-up protection mechanisms.

Just some days ago I received an email from the chief coordinator of a project I recently got involved in. This person wrote me to say that my performance was not what the coordinating team expected and needed and therefore my services were no longer needed. Read the rest of this entry

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Unearthed

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Last Tuesday I went with some friends to watch a documentary about fracking in the United States and the effect it has in human life and natural ecosystems, namely in water. The documentary title is ‘Unearthed’ and the director is Jolynn Minnaar, a South African storyteller and activist for people’s rights.
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Hunting season in Europe is open: Mos Maiorum in search of illegal human beings

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mi_02.2_bansky“Immigrants are human beings.”

Since the 13th October until the 26th the EU Council, under the Italian presidency, has launched a Joint Police Operation aimed at

“weakening the capacity of organized crime groups to facilitate illegal immigration to the EU and will be focusing on illegal border crossing. Another goal of this operation is to collect information, for intelligence and investigation purposes, regarding the main routes followed by migrants to enter in the common area and the modus operandi used by crime networks to smuggle people towards the EU territory, focusing also on the secondary movements.”

This quotation is extracted from an official document delivered by the Council of the EU available in this link: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/sep/eu-council-2014-07-10-11671-mos-maioum-jpo.pdf

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Storytelling for peace in the MENA region

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Storytelling1Once upon a time there was, in a faraway land, an encounter of young storytellers all inspired by bringing peace into their communities. And suddenly you realise that storytelling is essential to life and that we are all storytellers and at the same time real characters of many different stories. And what is really interesting and worth to look at is the content of these stories, the identities they create, the values attached to them, and to different characters and situations. What are the stories (narratives) told about your identities? What are the stories you tell about? Have you realised the possible impact of them on yourself and other people? Read the rest of this entry

You don’t know it!

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thI have recently realised the power of the sentence ‘You don’t know it!’. It may appear in many different wordings, for instance, ‘you don’t understand nothing about it’ or similar. Though the meaning is always the same, that is, the statement of the ignorance of someone or a group about a certain subject. This kind of message always put the person who says it in a higher position, one where he or she is the one who holds the knowledge and therefore the power. This person feels entitled to make judgements on the other (‘the ignorant’) capacities and worth. Read the rest of this entry