Language and Power

Language and Power

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Examines how language functions in maintaining and changing power relations in modern society. It discusses ways of analysing language which can reveal these processes, how people can become more conscious of them, and more able to resist and change them. The book includes a practical procedure for the critical analysis of discourse and a theoretical account of connections between language, power and ideology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 146 x 223 x 20mm | 453g
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • 0582031338
  • 9780582031333

Table of contents

General Editor's Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction: critical language study. 2. Discourse as social practice. 3. Discourse and power. 4. Discourse, common sense and ideology. 5. Critical discourse analysis in practice: description. 6. Critical discourse analysis in practice: interpretation, explanation and the position of the analyst. 7. Creativity and struggle in discourse: the discourse of Thatcherism. 8. Discourse in social change. 9. Critical language study and social emancipation: language education in the schools. Bibliography. Index.
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"Language and power is certainly an excellent introductory manual on how to take texts to pieces and to expose their ideological workings." "Times Higher Education Supp."
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