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The Greek referendum vote of 2015 as a paradoxical communicative practice: a narrative, future-making approach

The Greek referendum vote of 2015 as a paradoxical communicative practice: a narrative, future-making approach

Sools, Anneke, Triliva, Sofia, Fragkiadaki, Eva, Tzanakis, Manolis and Gkinopoulos, Theofilos (2018) The Greek referendum vote of 2015 as a paradoxical communicative practice: a narrative, future-making approach. Political Psychology, 39 (5). pp. 1141-1156. ISSN 0162-895X (Print), 1467-9221 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12474)

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Abstract

This article adopts a pragmatic‐communicative approach, derived from Gregory Bateson's cybernetic theory, to the Greek Referendum Vote of 2015. Applying this approach, we interpret the Referendum as a double‐bind situation. Our research question is twofold: (1) How do potential Greek voters discursively construct the Referendum? (2) How do they respond to the communicative situation posed? A total of 124 written narratives, “Letters from the Future,” written by 99 participants, were collected during the days prior to the vote. Their letters focused on a desired future situation after a YES or a NO vote outcome. Qualitative analysis showed how the letters were used to appropriate the Referendum query in a unique and deeply personalized manner. Moreover, we identified four types of responses to the ambivalent query: confirmation, rejection, disconfirmation, and meta‐communication. These responses are indicative of the psychological and emotional burden posed by the query and of ways people responded to the query. In conclusion, we reflect on the importance of recognizing the psychological dimension of the vote, the role of narratives from the future for personal and social transformation, and the wider relevance of the proposed future‐making, pragmatic approach to other Referendum situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication, future, narratives, political voting, referendum
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Inequalities
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 09:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28072

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