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The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies

1st Edition

Edited by John Flowerdew, John E. Richardson


638 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies provides a state-of-the-art overview of the important and rapidly developing field of Critical Discourse Studies (CDS). Forty-one chapters from leading international scholars cover the central theories, concepts, contexts and applications of CDS and how they have developed, encompassing:

  • approaches
  • analytical methods
  • interdisciplinarity
  • social divisions and power
  • domains and media.

Including methodologies to assist those undertaking their own critical research of discourse, this Handbook is key reading for all those engaged in the study and research of Critical Discourse Analysis within English Language and Linguistics, Communication, Media Studies and related areas.


"This Handbook is well written and organized, and its significant contribution to the development of CDS is undeniable, for it reflects the major theoretical and methodological achievements and serves as an indispensable guide for researchers and advanced students to conduct their specific research projects in CDS, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, politics, (social) media studies, communication and other neighboring disciplines."

- Yunhua Xiang, College of Foreign Languages, Jilin University, P.R. China

Table of Contents

1. Approaches

Norman Fairclough: CDA as dialectical reasoning

Teun van Dijk: Socio-cognitive approach

Martin Reisigl: Discourse Historical Approach

Per Ledin & David Machin: Multi-modal Critical Discourse Analysis

Christopher Hart: Cognitive Linguistic Critical Discourse Studies

Piotr Cap: Spatial Cognition

Nicholas Subtirelu & Paul Baker: Corpus-based approaches

Dalia Gavriely: Cultural Critical Discourse Analysis

Tom Bartlett: Positive Discourse Analysis

2. Analytical methods

Meriel Bloor and Thomas Bloor: Systemic Functional Linguistics

John Flowerdew: Critical Discourse Studies and context

Michal Krzyzanowski: Ethnography and Critical Discourse Studies

Alexandra Polyzou: Pragmatics

Carl Ng: Metaphor

Manfred Keinpointer: Rhetoric and argumentation

Isabela Fairclough: Deliberative discourse

3. Interdisciplinarity

Bernhard Forchtner: Critical Discourse Studies & Social Theory

Nico Carpentier: Discourse-theoretical analysis (DTA)

Sean Phelan: Critical Discourse Analysis & Media Studies

Mariana Achugar: Critical Discourse Analysis and History

Laura Filardo Llamas & Michael Boyd: Critical Discourse Analysis & Politics

Crispin Thurlow: Critical discourse studies in/of applied contexts

4. Social Divisions and Power

David Block: Class and class warfare

Susana Martínez Guillem: Race/Ethnicity

Michelle Lazar: Feminist Critical Discourse Studies

Heiko Motschenbacher: Sexuality in Critical Discourse Studies

Ruth Wodak: Discourses about Nationalism

Christian Chun: Neoliberalism, globalization and Critical Discourse Studies

Aditi Bhatia: The Discursive Construction of Terrorism and Violence

John E Richardson: Fascist discourse

5. Domains and Media

Rebecca Rogers: Critical Discourse Analysis and Educational Discourses

Jothie Rajah: Legal discourse

Arran Stibbe: Critical Discourse Analysis and Ecology

Darren Kelsey: Journalism

Felicitas Macgilchrist: Textbooks

Alon Lischinsky: Critical Discourse Studies and branding

Theo van Leeuwen: The critical analysis of musical discourse

Emilia Djonov & Theo van Leeuwen: Software

Majid KhosraviNik: Social Media & ‘Web 2.0’

Goran Eriksson: Critical Discourse Analysis of reality television

John Bateman: Critical Discourse Analysis and film

About the Editors

John Flowerdew is Emeritus Professor at City University of Hong Kong and a visiting professor at Lancaster University. He has authored and co-authored several books including: Advances in Discourse Studies (with V. K. Bhatia and R. Jones, 2008), Critical Discourse Analysis in Historiography (2012), Discourse in English Language Education (2013), and Discourse in Context (2014). He serves on the editorial boards of a range of international journals, including Critical Discourse Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Language and Politics, and Journal of English for Specific Purposes.

John E Richardson is a Reader in Critical Discourse Studies at Loughborough University. He is Editor of the international journal Critical Discourse Studies and has authored or edited several books including: Analysing Media Discourses (2011), Analysing Fascist Discourse (2013), Advances in Critical Discourse Studies (with M. Krzyzanowksi, D. Machin, and R. Wodak, 2014), and British Fascism: A Discourse-Historic Analysis (forthcoming).

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General