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Critical Semiotic Analysis and Cultural Political Economy.

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Journal publication date10/2004
JournalCritical Discourse Studies
Number of pages16
Original languageEnglish


A case is made for cultural political economy (CPE) by exploring the constitutive role of semiosis in economic and political activities, economic and political institutions, and social order more generally. CPE is a post-disciplinary approach that adopts the �cultural turn� in economic and political inquiry without neglecting the articulation of semiosis with the interconnected materialities of economics and politics within wider social formations. This approach is illustrated from the emergence of the knowledgebased economy as a master discourse for accumulation strategies on different scales, for state projects and hegemonic visions, for diverse functional systems and professions, and for civil society.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Critical Discourse Studies, 1 (2), 2004, © Informa Plc