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Key Topics in Sociolinguistics : Discourse: A Critical Introduction - Jan Blommaert

Key Topics in Sociolinguistics

Discourse: A Critical Introduction

Paperback Published: 27th April 2005
ISBN: 9780521535311
Number Of Pages: 314

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This new and engaging introduction offers a critical approach to discourse, written by an expert uniquely placed to cover the subject for a variety of disciplines. Organised along thematic lines, the book begins with an outline of the basic principles, moving on to examine the methods and theory of CDA (critical discourse analysis). It covers topics such as text and context, language and inequality, choice and determination, history and process, ideology and identity. Blommaert focuses on how language can offer a crucial understanding of wider aspects of power relations, arguing that critical discourse analysis should specifically be an analysis of the 'effects' of power, what power does to people, groups and societies, and how this impact comes about. Clearly argued, this concise introduction will be welcomed by students and researchers in a variety of disciplines involved in the study of discourse, including linguistics, linguistic anthropology and the sociology of language.

'This is a book I wish I read in graduate school. It is exciting, interesting, and highly readable. In an advanced undergraduate, or a graduate seminar, it would provide wide opportunities for discussion. It covers far more intellectual territory than most sociolinguistic or discourse analysis texts and it ties micro and macro topics together in an intellectually satisfying fashion. ... I believe this is an excellent, fascinating, wide-ranging and highly readable book. I recommend it for graduate seminars and for broadening the perspectives of long established professionals. Blommaert successfully draws a broad array of intellectual contributions into the study of meaningful symbolic behavior.' Journal of Sociolinguistics
"The major contribution of this book is its emphasis on global contexts and their importance for discourse analysis. The author shows in a convincing way that consideration must be given to inequality at a much wider level than only in isolated texts if patterns of inequality are to be fully uncovered and exposed. The particular instances of discourse analysis presented in the book are also exceptionally thorough and well argued. I have no doubt that 'Discourse: A Critical Introduction' will have an excessive impact on the study of discourse, communication and power relations in the future." - Johanna Barodal, University of Bergan, Norway

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
What are we talking about?p. 1
The critical poolp. 5
Five principlesp. 13
Central problems: the organisation of the bookp. 16
Suggestions for further readingp. 20
Critical Discourse Analysisp. 21
Introductionp. 21
CDA: origins and programmep. 22
CDA and social theoryp. 27
Theory and methodology: Norman Faircloughp. 28
The pros and cons of CDAp. 31
Suggestions for further readingp. 38
Text and contextp. 39
Introduction: context is/as critiquep. 39
Context: some general guidelinesp. 40
Two critical conceptions of contextp. 50
Forgotten contextsp. 56
Conclusionsp. 66
Suggestions for further readingp. 67
Language and inequalityp. 68
The problem: voice and mobilityp. 68
Towards a theory of voicep. 70
Texts that do not travel well: inequality, literacy, and globalisationp. 78
Inequality and narrative orderp. 83
Conclusionsp. 95
Suggestions for further readingp. 96
Choice and determinationp. 98
Introduction: choice or voice?p. 98
The archivep. 99
Creative practice and determinationp. 104
Creativity within constraints: hetero-graphyp. 107
Conclusionsp. 122
Suggestions for further readingp. 123
History and processp. 125
Introductionp. 125
Times and consciousness: layered simultaneityp. 126
Continuities, discontinuities, and synchronisationp. 131
Speaking from and on history 1: 'they don't like US-us'p. 137
Speaking from and on history 2: 'let's analyse'p. 142
Conclusionsp. 156
Suggestions for further readingp. 157
Ideologyp. 158
Introductionp. 158
The terminological muddle of ideologiesp. 161
Polycentric systems, layered ideologiesp. 171
Socialism and the socialistsp. 175
Slow shifts in orthodoxyp. 184
Suggestions for further readingp. 202
Identityp. 203
Introductionp. 203
Identities as semiotic potentialp. 207
What is left of ethnolinguistic identity?p. 214
Space, place, and identityp. 221
The world system in actionp. 224
Suggestions for further readingp. 232
Conclusion: Discourse and the social sciencesp. 233
Notesp. 239
English translations of the documents in chapter 5p. 246
Glossaryp. 251
Referencesp. 256
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ISBN: 9780521535311
ISBN-10: 052153531X
Series: Key Topics in Sociolinguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 27th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41

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