Reading Science: Critical and Functional Perspectives on Discourses of Science

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Overview

Reading Science looks at the distinctive language of science and technology and the role it plays in building up scientific understandings of the world. It brings together discourse analysis and critical theory for the first time in a single volume.
This edited collection examines science discourse from a number of perspectives, drawing on new rhetoric, functional linguistics and critical theory. It explores this language in research and industrial contexts as well as in educational settings and in popular science writing and science fiction. The papers also include consideration of the role of images (tables and figures) in science writing and the importance of reading science discourse as multi-modal text.
The internationally renowned contributors include M. A. K. Halliday, Charles Bazerman and Jay Lemke.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415167901
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/21/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Notes on contributors
Pt. I Discourse on science
1 Discourses of science: Recontextualisation, genesis, intertextuality and hegemony 3
2 Emerging perspectives on the many dimensions of scientific discourse 15
Pt. II Popularising science
3 Cultivating science: Negotiating discourse in the popular texts of Stephen Jay Gould 35
4 The 'science' of science fiction: A sociocultural analysis 63
Pt. III Recontextualising science
5 Multiplying meaning: Visual and verbal semiotics in scientific text 87
6 The greening of school science: Ecogenesis in secondary classrooms 114
7 Science and apprenticeship: The pedagogic discourse 152
Pt. IV Discourses of science
8 Things and relations: Regrammaticising experience as technical knowledge 185
9 Science discourse and industrial hierarchy 236
10 Extended reality, proto-nouns and the vernacular: Distinguishing the technological from the scientific 266
11 Technicality and abstraction in social science 297
12 Construing processes of consciousness: From the commonsense model to the uncommonsense model of cognitive science 327
Index 357
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