[Artículo] Work and social representations / Irene Vasilachis de Gialdino
Irene Vasilachis de Gialdino (2015), “Work and social representations: Sociological and linguistic analysis of a legislative creation process“, Discourse & Communication June 2015 9: 331-353, first published on March 23, 2015 doi:10.1177/1750481315571180
As part of a wider program that studies the legislative creation process regarding work conditions in the Argentine Republic, the purpose of this research is to examine the different ways in which the written press represents, on one hand, the formulation and approval process of the Labor Risk Law reform, which concluded on 25 October 2012 with the passing of Law 26,773, and, on the other hand, the scope, content, and sense of said regulation. The perspective of the research is interdisciplinary, its methodology is qualitative, and the process guiding the textual analysis is inductive and hermeneutic. The corpus is made up of the news related to the studied legislative process. The news analysis was carried out according to the proposal of a Sociological and Linguistic Discourse Analysis. Thus, the argumentative strategies and the linguistic resources deployed were associated with the interpretive models of reality underlying those texts, and moreover, the similarities and differences among the various news articles were examined as regards the representation of (a) working conditions; (b) workers and employers and their respective rights and obligations; (c) the legitimacy, need, and legality of the regulation passed; (d) the scope of the protection granted to workers; and (e) the effect of this regulation on workers’ constitutional rights and guarantees.