Aims & Scope

Studies in Language and Capitalism is a peer-reviewed online journal that seeks to promote and freely distribute interdisciplinary critical inquiries into the language and meaning of contemporary capitalism and the links between economic, social and linguistic change in the world around us. The journal is a project of the LNC Group listserv and stems from our shared concern regarding the global spread of new economic ideologies and specifically the way that neoliberals attempt to naturalise, and hence entrench, social, political and economic inequalities. It is our hope that various groups of people will use and contribute to the journal, including: researchers analysing language in use, activists in social movements who see language use as part of their concerns, journalists concerned with language and rhetoric, and social researchers in other fields where the politics of language use is an issue.

Though language is foregrounded in our title, Studies in Language and Capitalism is equally interested in presenting research that addresses the role semiosis in general plays in making capitalism meaningful. Further, SLC will not limit itself to the economic field. We are also interested in publishing work that examines the ramifications of capitalism in fields such as culture, the mass media, education, politics (both national and international), public and civil society, and in relation to structured social inequalities on the basis of nationality, ‘race’, religion, gender and sexuality.
Possible areas of analysis include:

  • representations of scarcity and abundance
  • the state, governance, and control
  • coercion, hegemony and pedagogy
  • dynamics of the public sphere
  • development, dependency and globalisation
  • historical and future conceptions of value
  • relationships between technology and social action
  • the restructuring of various public and private life domains including education, labour, healthcare, and development
  • neo-feudalism and neo-corporatism
  • the War on Terror and the Long War
  • people’s movements and socio-economic alternatives
    and a wide range of other topics