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Institutions As Multimodal Accomplishments: Towards the Analysis of Visual Registers

Abstract : In this article, we develop and advance an understanding of institutions as multimodal accomplishments. We draw on social semiotics and the linguistic concept of metafunctions to establish the visual as a specific mode of meaning construction. In addition, we make semiotic modes conducive to institutional inquiry by introducing the notion of distinct “modal registers” – specialized configurations of linguistic signs within a particular mode that are adapted and applied in the reproduction of institutions or institutional domains. At the core of our article, we operationalize metafunctions to develop methodology for the analysis of visual registers. We illustrate our approach with data from Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting in Austria.
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Dennis Jancsary, Renate Meyer, Markus Höllerer, Eva Boxenbaum. Institutions As Multimodal Accomplishments: Towards the Analysis of Visual Registers. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Emerald Publishing, 2017, Multimodality, Meaning, and Institutions, 54A, pp.87-117. ⟨10.1108/S0733-558X2017000054A004⟩. ⟨hal-01678781⟩



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