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Language, Ideology and Social Consciousness
Developing a Sociohistorical Approach

ISBN 9780367134839
Published July 3, 2020 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Originally published in 1999, this book sets out to develop a distinctive, critical approach to the study of social consciousness through empirical studies of sociopolitical conflict in the west of Scotland. It accords an analytical priority to language-use and provides a critical review of a number of contemporary studies and approaches as part of an emerging presentation of an original and distinctive method.

The book makes a significant contribution to the recovery for social science of the achievements of a set of Marxist psychologists and philosophers of language - most notably L.S. Vygotsky and V.N. Voloshinov - whose potential relevance for political sociology has barely been recognised. It tests and demonstrates the relevance of the approach it seeks to develop in relation to empirical studies - most notably the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders 'work-in' of 1971-72 and the Scottish Office-led urban policy 'Partnership' in Ferguslie Park, Paisley in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Ultimately, the analytical focus on language becomes a key component of a larger mode of social investigation which begins from an analysis of changing patterns of language-use - one which 'turns' to language without embracing the 'linguistic turn'.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  Part I: Developing the Approach.  1. Language, Ideology and Social Consciousness: A Critique of J.C. Scott.  2. L. S. Vygotsky and the Study of Consciousness.  3. 'Tool and Result': Use and Development.  Part II: The Pragmatics of Emancipation.  4. The Pragmatics of Emancipation I: A Critical Review of the Work of Michael Huspek.  5 .Extending Vygotsky: Bakhtin, Voloshinov and J. V. Wrtsch.  6. The Pragmatics of Emancipation II: The Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In, 1971-72.  Part III: The Ferguslie Park 'Partnership'.  7. Ferguslie Park: From Exclusion to 'Partnership'.  8. The Dialogics of 'Partnership' and 'Community Action'.

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’This is an excellent book [which] succeeds in providing a method for opening up the dynamics of popular consciousness and ideology to critical empirical exploration...well-written and organized, with the steps in a complex and rich argument being presented in a highly satisfying manner. It deserves the widest dissemination among all those concerned with the study of popular consciousness.’ Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK ’This is a book of rare quality and importance. Anybody who uses the words community, empowerment, inclusion or class, needs to read this book before they use them again.’ Professor John Foster, University of Paisley, UK ’...emphasises the apparently insurmountable difficulties attending communication across social boundaries...’ Aslib Book Guide