Discursive alliance

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People agreeing on a key element of discourse. They may disagree with each other on everything else, being enemies in an antagonistic discursive alliance. Yet helping each other to gain relevance and interpretation privilege through the discursive alliance while marginalizing other discourses. (In Swedish: diskursiv allians)

An antagonistic discursive alliance is easily upheld through dichotomism. Two sides arguing against each other, taking opposite sides of the same false dichotomy.

Discursive alliances in example texts

  • Adam's homophobia: Cedric talking about gay people as being "other", as his way of defending himself against Adam accusing him of being gay.