Language and Power (Language In Social Life) Paperback – 1 Aug 2001
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Praise for the first edition of Language and Power
"...an excellent introductory manual"
"...thought provoking and suggestive"
SECOL (Southeastern Conference on Linguistics) Review
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Language in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern. It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions. Praise for the first edition of Language and Power- "...an excellent introductory manual"THES "...thought provoking and suggestive"SECOL (Southeastern Conference on Linguistics) Review Language and Power was first published in 1989 and quickly established itself as a ground-breaking book. Its popularity continues as an accessible introductory text to the field of Discourse Analysis, focusing on-
how language functions in maintaining and changing power relations in modern society
the ways of analysing language which can reveal these processes
how people can become more conscious of them, and more able to resist and change them.The question of language and power is still important and urgent in the twenty-first century, but there have been substantial changes in social life during the past decade which have somewhat changed the nature of unequal power relations, and therefore the agenda for the critical study of language. In this new edition, Norman Fairclough brings the discussion fully up-to-date and covers the issue of 'globalisation' of power relations and the development of the internet in relation to Language and Power. The bibliography has also been fully updated to include important new reference material.Norman Fairclough is Professor of Language in Social Life in the Department of Linguistics, Lancaster University.
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Given the extreme prevalence with which these typos are present, I value the book at about 3 dollars. Not 30.
Whatever clear insights it provides are common sensical and obtainable from any good work in sociology. For the rest, reading this book is like moving in a fog!
If I had time and very few other books to read, I would try to do it greater justice by devoting 1 year of my life mining it further for the nuggets it must surely contain on the grounds of the author's credentials.
Whether you are a PhD student with a background in linguistics, or you are simply curious and willing to grasp which interests and concerns are REALLY behind language, not only will this book put you in a position to understand such social practices, but it will provide you with a language to describe and discuss them.
I guess this volume is among the top ten books every student in linguistics and languages should read.
Thank again and also for sent it so fast!
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