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Discourse and Social Change
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 ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published June 7th 1993 by Polity Press
(first published 1992)
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A great little book on discourse analysis, from a critical perspective and with an eye towards practice. It begins with a very useful summary (although now perhaps a bit outdated, but not by much) comparison, and criticism of traditional linguistics, Foucaultian discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis, fascinating to anyone interested in hegemony, power and language I should imagine. That is followed by a much more technical section of actual examples of text and illustrations of ...more
There are many different approaches to discourse analysis, but if there is something distinctive of this one is Fairclough's cristal clear way of writing about it. As some other book on the subject present it in a byzantine way, Fairclough's approach gets straight to the main questions of this fascinating subject.