2nd Edition

Critical Discourse Analysis The Critical Study of Language

By Norman Fairclough Copyright 2010
    608 Pages
    by Routledge

    608 Pages
    by Routledge

    Bringing together papers written by Norman Fairclough over a 25 year period, Critical Discourse Analysis represents a comprehensive and important contribution to the development of this popular field.


    The book is divided into seven sections covering the following themes:


    • language in relation to ideology and power
    • discourse in processes of social and cultural change
    • dialectics of discourse, dialectical relations between discourse and other moments of social life
    • methodology of critical discourse analysis research
    • analysis of political discourse
    • discourse in globalisation and ‘transition’
    • critical language awareness in education


    The new edition has been extensively revised and enlarged to include a total of twenty two papers. It will be of value to researchers in the subject and should prove essential reading for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in Linguistics and other areas of social science.



    General Introduction:  

    Section A  Language, ideology and power


    1.    Critical and descriptive goals in discourse analysis

    2.    Language and ideology

    3.    Semiosis, mediation and ideology: a dialectical view


    Section B  Discourse and social change


    4.    Critical discourse analysis and the marketization of public discourse: the universities

    5.    Discourse, change and hegemony

    6.    Ideology and identity change in political television


    Section C  Dialectics of discourse: theoretical developments


    7.    Discourse, social theory and social research: the discourse of welfare reform

    8.     (with R Jessop, A Sayer)  Critical realism and semiosis


    Section D  Methodology

    9.     A dialectical-relational approach to critical discourse analysis in social research

    10.  (with Eve Chiapello) Understanding the new management ideology. A transdisciplinary contribution from Critical Discourse Analysis and New Sociology of Capitalism

    11.  Critical Discourse Analysis in researching language in the New Capitalism: overdetermination, transdisciplinarity and textual analysis

    12.  (with Phil Graham) Marx as a Critical Discourse Analyst: The genesis of a critical method and its relevance to the critique of global capital

    13.  Critical discourse analysis, organizational discourse, and organizational change


    Section E  Political discourse


    14.   New Labour: a language perspective

    15. Democracy and the public sphere in critical research on discourse

    16. (with Simon Pardoe & Bronislaw Szerszynski) Critical discourse analysis and citizenship

    17. Political correctness


    Section F  Globalization and ‘transition’


    18. Language and Globalization

    19. Global capitalism, terrorism and war: a discourse-analytical perspective

    20. Discourse and ‘transition’ in Central and Eastern Europe


    Section G  Language and education


    21. Critical language awareness and self-identity in education

    22. Global capitalism and critical awareness of language






    Norman Fairclough is Emeritus Professor at Lancaster University.