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Analysing Discourse: Textual Analysis for Social Research [Hardcover]

Norman Fairclough
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1 May 2003 0415258928 978-0415258920

Analysing Discourse is an accessible introductory textbook for all students and researchers working with real language data.

Drawing on a range of social theorists from Bourdieu to Habermas, as well as his own research, Norman Fairclough's book presents a form of language analysis with a consistently social perspective. His approach is illustrated by and investigated through a range of real texts, from written texts, to a TV debate about the monarchy and a radio broadcast about the Lockerbie bombing. The student-friendly book also offers accessible summaries, an appendix of example texts, and a glossary of terms and key theorists.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415258928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415258920
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 16 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,491,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is written with two main types of reader in mind: students and researchers in social science and humanities who have little if any background in language analysis (e.g. in Sociology, Political Science, Education, Geography, History, Social Administration, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Women's Studies); and students and researchers specializing in language. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful 3 Dec 2013
By Pepper
I find critical discourse analysis to be very daunting, however this textbook explains things in a simple way, with a good framework for carrying out CDA. If you are starting out on textual analysis, get this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent introduction to CDA for non-linguists 23 April 2013
By Ben_W
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This is a good introduction to Fariclough's CDA aimed at people from a non-linguistic background. The examples of applications tend to focus on conversation analysis and analysis of media (e.g. newspaper reports), but the theoretical stuff in the first half of the book is strong, and there are some useful tips on how language is structured by, and structures, power relations. Well worth a read, but best read in conjunction with the 2010 edition of his other book, 'Critical Discourse Analysis'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Pearl
Of the many books written on the subject, N.F. has written a book long enough to contain the important details and focused enough to avoid repetition. I personally found it of use as a student and recommend it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Jan 2014
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A beatifully written book by one of the world's most interesting academics. A very helpful guide for those wanting to use CDA in their research.
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1.0 out of 5 stars If I could give it 0 stars, I would. 30 Sep 2012
This book was assigned to us to read for one of our university courses. All I can say is that it is the worst thing a student can ask for -- it is not concrete, it is all over the place, he vaguely mentions other theorists but barely goes into it, and thing goes on to compare it with his own theories in the most confusing manner, and the way he uses the first person in a text book drives me insane.

Each and every page is a struggle. I'm still not even sure what it is I am reading about.
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