Concise narratives: A structural analysis of political discourse

Shaul R. Shenhav*

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The article suggests a new framework for the structural analysis of political narratives using the concept of 'concise narrative'. These are segments of a speech that contain its entire temporal range in a few paragraphs. Based on the analysis of Israeli ministerial discourse during the early years of the state, the article argues that these 'concise narratives' can shed light on the infrastructure of political narratives. A study of 'concise narratives' can also illuminate how political values, identities and ideologies are combined with day-to-day politics while being transferred from the speaker to his audience. The epilogue examines the intertextual relations between different political narratives, focusing on the transition of 'concise narratives' from the early days of Israeli politics to contemporary political discourse.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)315-335
Number of pages21
JournalDiscourse Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Ideologies
  • Israel
  • Narrative
  • Political discourse
  • Politics
  • Structural analysis


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