Discourse and Social Change
Polity Press, 1992
1. udgave, 5. oplag 1998, 259 sider
This book is a critical introduction to discourse analysis as it is practised in
a variety of disciplines today, from linguistics and sociolinguistics to
sociology and cultural studies. The author shows how the concern with the
analysis of discourse can be combined in a systematic and fruitful way, with an
interest in broader problems of social analysis and social change.
Fairclough provides a concise and critical review of the methods and results of
discourse analysis. He discusses the descriptive work of linguists and
conversation analysts as well as the more historically and theoretically
oriented work of Michel Foucault.
Against the backcloth of this critical overview, Fairclough develops an original
framework for discourse analysis which formly situates discourse in a broader
context of social relations. This framework brings together text analysis, the
analysis of processes of text production and interpretation, and the social
anlysis of discourse events. It breaks new ground by showing how the analysis of
discourse and textual processes can be combined with the study of political and
ideological change. The usefulness of this approach is demonstrated by means of
specific and up-to-date examples.
This book wil be invaluable as an introduction to current debates concerning
discourse, power and ideology and as a practical guide for the analysis of