Quotation Kopf, Susanne, Nichele, Elena. 2018. Es-tu Charlie? Doing Politics on Wikipedia. In: ‘Doing Politics’: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse. Hrsg. Michael Kranert; Geraldine Horan, 211-234. Amsterdam: Benjamins.




This chapter examines the representation of the slogan Je Suis Charlie (JSC) on Wikipedia. Drawing on corpus tools in addition to purely qualitative analytical tools led to the identification of several themes that recur throughout Wikipedia’s article on JSC as well as on the associated discussion pages. The Wikipedia article represents JSC as a globally-used symbol of freedom of speech and solidarity with victims of specific violent events. On the discussion pages, JSC receives a markedly different treatment, e.g. the debates focus on whether JSC – rather than symbolising freedom of speech – symbolises the freedom to discriminate against groups of people. Furthermore, the discussions focus on JSC as uniting the “West” only and not on JSC as a global phenomenon.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Es-tu Charlie? Doing Politics on Wikipedia
Title of whole publication ‘Doing Politics’: Discursivity, performativity and mediation in political discourse.
Editor Michael Kranert; Geraldine Horan
Page from 211
Page to 234
Location Amsterdam
Publisher Benjamins
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
ISBN 9789027201935
Open Access N


Kopf, Susanne (Details)
Nichele, Elena (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
Institute for English Business Communication (Köster) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6903 Humanities (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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