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4.0 out of 5 stars The eyeopener in the ivory tower, 15 Oct. 2000
Beile (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Discourse and Social Change (Paperback)
Fairclough's framework is rather ambitious and brave. He attempts to build bridge between two disciplines related to discourse analysis: the textually oriented linguistic discourse analysis and the sociological branch. He succeeds to build the bridge and creates a new framework for doing discourse analysis.
The book will provide the reader with:
- First and foremost, an outstanding framework to engage in discourse analysis.
- Awareness of language use
Some of the drawbacks of the book are:
- The language is very complicated. One might think Fairclough wrote the book exclusively to other experts in the field. It is hard to understand for readers with no background in discourse analysis.
- As the avowed Marxist that Fairclough is, the horrific manipulation tools of capitalism is a recurrent theme of the book. This repetition can be tedious to the readers who do not share his ideological standing.
To conclude, the reader might discover a useful framework -if the he/she is patient and willing to read the same sentences over and over again, and if he/she can tolerate the strong ideological standing of the author. All in all, Fairclough has succeeded to build a new framework of discourse analysis. Really an eyeopener - if you get through the book.
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Discourse and Social Change by Norman Fairclough (Paperback - 23 April 1993)
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