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Social Linguistics and Literacies: Ideology in Discourses

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This fully-updated new edition engages with topics such as orality and literacy, the history of literacy, the uses and abuses of literacy in that history, the analysis of language as cultural communication, and social theories of mind and meaning, among many other topics. It represents the most current statement of a widely discussed and used theory about how language func ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 248 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Taylor & Francis Group (first published 1990)
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Jun 22, 2015 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a really simple test to know how much you know about ‘grammar’. If you think there is one grammar (or even one grammar per language) and that is known as ‘proper grammar’ –you basically don’t know anything about grammar. Now, don’t get me wrong – that’s a pretty blissful state of ignorance to be in and has much to recommend it. But there are lots of different ways to do ‘grammar’ and hardly any of them are ‘proper’ – transformational grammar, socio-linguistics, traditional grammar, gener ...more
Jun 11, 2009 Oscar rated it really liked it
This book will always have a special place in my life. And not because it might be the best book written in the area, but because it was my official introduction to psycholinguistics. The book touches upon several subjects including the concept of discursive communities, that is, communities with specified language and communication norms. The book as the title will clue you in also argues that any discourse or discursive community is ideologically based. This is important when James Paul Gee lo ...more
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May 11, 2007 Jeff Ridenour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is book presents a fascinating insight to the moral motivation for studying linguistics, specifically discourse in its social setting. Everyone speaks multiple "social langauges" that they use in many different situations. These langauges and word choice reveal our values and belief about the world and our society. These beliefs are typically tacit and difficult to explain. However, when these biases cause harm to anyone and/or put one group at an advantage to another we have the moral obli ...more
Critical discourse, civil discourse, dominant discourse, multiple Discourses -- Gee has given me the theory and vocabulary to conceive all of these approaches to discourse as one interrelated linguistic project of analysis. And it wasn't painful at all. It's a book like this that excites me to be a scholar engaged in relevant, actionable research for social justice.
Nov 05, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Gee is snarky, witty, and tells it like it is throughout this whole brilliant commentary on meaning-making and identity formation in the classroom. An inspiration to read!
Jul 11, 2012 Cathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book took me a little while to finish, but that was because Gee gives his readers so much to think about in every chapter. I'm new to "discourse theory" (theories?) but Gee's ideas immediately clicked with me. A real review to follow.
Mar 03, 2010 Hafizah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I have reservations on some of Gee's opinions, specifically mushfaking, he presents valuable information, presented in a way that is applicable and thought provokng
Apr 11, 2013 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. A must read for all language educators!
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James Gee is a researcher who has worked in psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, bilingual education, and literacy. Gee is currently the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. Gee is a faculty affiliate of the Games, Learning, and Society group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a member of the National Academy of Educ ...more
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