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2nd Edition

Critical Discourse Analysis
The Critical Study of Language

ISBN 9781405858229
Published April 1, 2010 by Routledge
608 Pages

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Book Description

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.



Table of Contents

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





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Norman Fairclough is Emeritus Professor at Lancaster University.