Discourse and Social Change / Edition 1

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Now available in paperback, this book is a critical introduction to discourse analysis as it is practised in a variety of different disciplines today, from linguistics and sociolinguistics to sociology and cultural studies. The author shows how concern with the analysis of discourse can be combined, in a systematic and fruitful way, with an interest in broader problems of social analysis and social change.

Fairclough provides a concise and critical review of the methods and results of discourse analysis, discussing the descriptive work of linguists and conversation analysts as well as the more historically and theoretically oriented work of Michel Foucault. He develops an original framework for discourse analysis which firmly situates discourse in a broader context of social relations bringing together text analysis, the analysis of processes of text production and interpretation, and the social analysis of discourse events.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Norman Fairclough's new book presents an original argument for acritical, text-oriented form of discourse analysis. He writes in anadmirably lucid way about some very complex issues. It is a book towhich those interested in the critical analysis of discourse andideology should pay close attention. Moreover, students willbenefit from the clearly presented examples, which Fairclough usesto show the methods of critical discourse analysis.' MichaelBillig, Temple University

'This book is an excellent example of applied linguistics: acuteobservations and analyses of changing language use in the realsocial world - one of the few attempts to show the systematicrelation between texts and institutions.' Michael Stubbs,University of Trier

'Fairclough has a sophisticated linguistic analysis and anexplicit political agenda. Fairclough has written a strong book. Heis clear and honest about his motivations, and straightforward inhis findings. For these reasons alone, the book deserves widereading, but all the more so because the author has combined hisscholarly and pedagogical purposes well in this very readable anduseful work.' Language in Society

'Fairclough makes an important contribution... [his] bookdemonstrates the value of an analytical and theoretical projectwhich is able to generate explicit models of the social anddiscursive provess which characterise this phase of restructuring.'Social Semiotics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745612188
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,353,533
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Fairclough is the author of Language and Power (Longman, 1989). His main areas of interest are critical approaches to language and discourse analysis.

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Table of Contents



1. Approaches to Discourse Analysis.

2. Michel Foucault and the Analysis of Discourse.

3. A Social Theory of Discourse.

4. Intertextuality.

5. Text Analysis: Constructing Social Relations.

6. Text Analysis: Constructing Social Reality.

7. Discourse and Social Change in Contemporary Society.

8. Doing Discourse Analysis.



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