Sacralisation of contested territory in nationalist discourse: a study of Milošević's and Putin’s public speeches

Aleksandar Pavković*

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Abstract

Despite their differences in age, professional career and political background, Milošević and Putin share similar views on one of the main consequences of the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the USSR: the involuntary dispersal of Serbs and Russians into different foreign states. This is a study of the segments of Milošević’s and Putin’s speeches referring to Kosovo and to Crimea respectively. The study analyses their rhetorical devices and thematic content, using the analytical framework and instruments for the analysis of nationalist discourses developed by the Vienna School of Critical Discourse Analysis. The speeches, it is argued here, share a topos of sacralisation of the (contested) land based on the ancestors’ holy or glorious deeds which proclaims the land to be sacred to the chosen nation. This creates a ‘national entitlement’ to the land in a depoliticised (‘sacred’) and highly personalised setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-513
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Discourse Studies
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • contested land
  • Crimea
  • critical discourse analysis
  • depolitisation
  • holy deeds of ancestors
  • Kosovo
  • nationalist discourses
  • sacralisation

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