‘Symbolic Power’ in the Official Covid-19 Field and Language
Keywords:Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2, Symbolic power, Bourdieu, Discourse, Pandemics
The covid-19 pandemic caused countries around the globe to take measures, and to construct a specific set of language to talk about the virus. The present discussion paper aims to unpack this language based on Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of ‘symbolic power’, and social observations. The analysis indicates that the covid-19 field was formulated where an official language was produced, including scientific, war, enforcement and censorship linguistic practices. The paper discusses why there is not one covid-19 field and linguistic practice, causing a diversity of understanding the pandemic. The paper opens new directions in studies of language on public health threats.
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