Abstract

The Government of India’s demonetisation policy led to intense debates and discussions. In these discussions, the “common man” emerged as the central character used by the ruling and opposition parties as well as the print media to defend or oppose the policy. This article deconstructs the characteristics of the common man as revealed in these assertions, and analyses the related narrative strategies employed to justify their respective position. Content analysis of a sample of 779 newspaper articles published by four leading English newspapers in India informs the analysis presented in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Volume52
Issue number47
StatePublished - Nov 25 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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