This volume draws on issues and cases from more than 20 countries to provide empirical evidence and theoretical insights into why discourse matters. Covering a wide range of concepts and topical issues, contributors from media studies, journalism, and linguistics address the following key questions: Why and how does discourse matter pertaining to identity in a mediatized world? Who makes discourse and identity matter, for what reason, in what way, and with what consequences? The volume provokes a new proposition that it is necessary to go beyond the safe havens of disciplinary strongholds with familiar termilogy, methodology, and questions to address future inquiries into discourse and identity from a combination of linguistics and journalistic media studies.
Yusuf Kalyango, Jr. (PhD, University of Missouri) is Director of the Institute for International Journalism and Associate Professor of Journalism in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He is author of African Media and Democratization (Lang, 2011) and editor of the International Communication Research Journal (ICD-AEJMC), effective August 2014. Monika Weronika Kopytowska (PhD, University of Lodz, Poland) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pragmatics at the University of Lodz. She is co-editor of Lodz Papers in Pragmatics and associate editor of CADAAD Journal.