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Social Theory and Language

The Construction of Meaning, 1st Edition

By Glyn Williams

Routledge

336 pages

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This volume offers a comprehensive treatment of the historical developments underpinning our present understandings of the relationship between language and the social by integrating the study of language with key strands of sociological theory.// The book posits that theory conditions how objects are constructed and in turn the meanings allocated to them and explores the implications for the relationship between language and the social. The volume traces this relationship from its foundations in the work of Enlightenment philosophers, in which sociology and linguistics emerged as coherent disciplines. Taking this work as a point of departure, the book examines the unfolding of the interplay between language and the social across developments in sociological theory in subsequent eras, encompassing such strands as Marxism, functionalism, interactionism, anti-foundationalism, poststructuralism, critical theory, and critical realism. A final chapter turns its eye toward contemporary sociolinguistics and its treatment of different sociological perspectives and future directions for its continued development. // Reflecting on trajectories in sociological theory toward informing our understanding of the relationship between language and the social today, this book will be key reading for students and scholars in sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, and those working in sociology and geography with an interest in language issues.

Table of Contents

Preface ………………………………………………………………………………………………. i

CHAPTER 1: THEORY AS METADISCOURSE …………………………………………. 1

CHAPTER 2: EARLY SOCIAL SCIENCE …………………………………………………… 28

CHAPTER 3: MARXISM AND LANGUAGE …………………………………………….. 51

CHAPTER 4: FUNCTIONALISM AND LANGUAGE ………………………………….. 71

CHAPTER 5: INERACTIONISM AND LANGUAGE …………………………………… 84

CHAPTER 6: ANTI-FUNDATIONALISM ………………………………………………….109

CHAPTER 7: POST-STRUCTURALISM …………………………………………………….126

CHAPTER 8: CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY …………………………………………………154

CHAPTER 9: CRITICAL REALISM AND DISCOURSE …………………………………179

CHAPTER 10: SOCIOLINGUISTICS AND SOCIAL THEORY ……………………… 206

BIBLIOGRAPHY: …………………………………………………………………………………..232

 

About the Author

Glyn Williams has authored or co-authored fourteen books, including Sociolinguistics: A Sociological Critique (1992) and French Discourse Analysis: The Method of Poststructuralism (1999).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics

This series is our home for innovative research in the field of sociolinguistics. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into this important and evolving subject area.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General