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Advances in Critical Discourse Studies

    Advances in Critical Discourse Studies collects ground-breaking scholarship and cutting-edge research which reflects significant shifts in Critical Discourse Studies, exploring the field from theoretical, analytic and methodological perspectives. Innovative chapters analyse a diverse range of discourses including journalism, mass media, political communication, policy documents, interviews, photographic archive and official bodies.

    The chapters in Part I explore Critical Discourse Studies from the point of view of history, memory, identity politics, and discourse, analysing salient examples of how memory and recollection of the past shapes understandings and narratives of the present, and visions of future societies. Part II explores problem-oriented analysis in Critical Discourse Studies and examines the roles that discourse plays in the formation, perpetuation and transformation of class relations. Finally, Part III explores a methodological issue by looking at the benefits of reinforcing fieldwork and ethnographic analysis in Critical Discourse Studies. The case studies throughout the book demonstrate that analytic research contributes significantly to the in-depth and in-situ research of a variety of increasingly complex social, historical, political and economic contexts.

    This book was originally published as three special issues of the journal Critical Discourse Studies.

    Part I: Discourse, History and Memory

    1. On the politics of remembering (or not) Ruth Wodak and John E. Richardson

    2. Trauma, discourse and communicative limits Michael Pickering and Emily Keightley

    3. Recontextualising fascist ideologies of the past: right-wing discourses on employment and nativism in Austria and the United Kingdom John E. Richardson and Ruth Wodak

    4. The unbearable lightness of identity: membership, tradition and the Jewish anti-Semite in Gershom Scholem’s letter to Hannah Arendt David Kaposi

    5. Constructing the past and constructing themselves: the Uruguayan military’s memory of the dictatorship Mariana Achugar

    6. Dealing with a traumatic past: the victim hearings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and their reconciliation discourse Annelies Verdoolaege

    7. ‘No reconciliation without redress’: articulating political demands in post-transitional South Africa Aletta J. Norval

    Part II: Class and Discourse

    8. Renewing an academic interest in structural inequalities David Machin and John E. Richardson

    9. The denial of class struggle by British Governments in their anti-union discourse (1978–2007) Claudia Ortu

    10. Urbanisation: Discourse class gender in mid-Victorian photographs of maids – reading the archive of Arthur J. Munby Sarah Edge

    11. (Mis)recognition and the middle-class/bourgeois gaze: A case study of Wife Swap Samantha A. Lyle

    12. Doing class: A discursive and ethnomethodological approach C.M. Scharff

    13. ‘Underclass’ and ‘ordinary people’ discourses: Representing/re-presenting council tenants in a housing campaign Paul Watt

    14. A war on the poor: Constructing welfare and work in the twenty-first century Greg Marston

    Part III: Ethnography and Critical Discourse Analysis

    15. Ethnography and critical discourse analysis: towards a problem-oriented research dialogue Michał Krzyżanowski

    16. The sounds of silence in educational tracking: a longitudinal, ethnographic case study Rebecca Rogers

    17. The patient’s world: discourse analysis and ethnography Dariusz Galasiński

    18. Critical discourse analysis and the ethnography of language policy David Cassels Johnson

    19. Political communication, institutional cultures and linearities of organisational practice: a discourse-ethnographic approach to institutional change in the European Union Michał Krzyżanowski

    20. The role of internal guidelines in shaping news narratives: ethnographic insights into the discursive rhetoric of Middle East reporting by the BBC and Al-Jazeera English Leon Barkho


    John E. Richardson is a Senior Lecturer in Media Communication and Studies at Loughborough University, UK.

    Michał Krzyżanowski is a Professor in Media and Communication at Örebro University, Sweden.

    David Machin is a Professor in Media and Communication at Örebro University, Sweden.

    Ruth Wodak is Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, UK.