Discourse: A Critical Introduction by Jan BlommaertDiscourse: A Critical Introduction by Jan Blommaert

Discourse: A Critical Introduction

byJan Blommaert

Paperback | March 7, 2005

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Organized thematically, this introduction outlines the basic principles and moves on to examine the methods and theory of CDA (critical discourse analysis). Topics covered include text and context, language and inequality, choice and determination, history and process, ideology and identity. Jan Blommaert focuses on how language can offer a crucial understanding of wider aspects of power relations, arguing that CDA should specifically analyze the effects of power.
Jan Blommaert is Professor of African Linguistics and Sociolinguistics and head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures at Ghent University.
Title:Discourse: A Critical IntroductionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 7, 2005Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052153531X

ISBN - 13:9780521535311


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. Critical discourse analysis; 3. Text and context; 4. Language and inequality; 5. Choice and determination; 6. History and process; 7. Ideology; 8. Identity; 9. Conclusion: discourse and the social sciences; Notes; Appendix: English translations of the documents in chapter 5; Glossary; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"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