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Critical Textwork By PARKER

Critical Textwork
by PARKER

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An introduction to discourse analysis, this work introduces the principles of discourse research to conversations, interviews, newspaper articles and fiction. It looks at the organization of language and examines ways of reading texts to excavate and illuminate signs in cultural life. It is for students of discourse.
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Critical Textwork by PARKER

* What is a text?
* Can discourse analysis help our understanding even when a text is not spoken or written?
* How can we use discourse analytic approaches for different varieties of text?

This clearly-written and innovative introduction to discourse analysis for the uninitiated takes a broad view, building on a range of studies carried out on different kinds of text. The chapters work through examples of analysis on many texts that are beyond the range of spoken and written material usually tackled by discourse researchers.

Methodological issues of reading and representation are explored in critical descriptions of how we might read such things as advertising, bodies, comics, film, letters, organizations, sign languages and other language systems. The book illustrates ways in which discourse may be studied wherever there is meaning, and it accessibly introduces the principles of discourse research to conversations, interviews, newspaper articles and fiction, providing an overview of existing research on these kinds of texts.

Critical Textwork is a comprehensive introductory text for students of discourse across the social sciences, including psychology, cultural studies, sociology and human geography. It looks at the organization of language and examines ways of reading texts to excavate and illuminate signs in cultural life.

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About PARKER


Ian Parker is Professor of Psychology at Bolton Institute and he writes on critical approaches in psychology and psychoanalytic social theory. The Bolton Discourse Network is an interdisciplinary forum for research into different forms of text, based at Bolton Institute.

Table of Contents


Foreword
Notes on Contributing Authors
Introduction
varieties of discourse and analysis

Part I: Spoken and written texts

Interviews
meaning in groups
Letters
embracing letter writing within discourse analysis
Fiction
five run around together, clearing a discursive space for children's literature
Lessons
philosophy for children

Part II: Visual texts

Comics
strip semiotics
Advertising
critical analysis of images
Television
signs on the box
Film
a surface for writing social life

Part III: Physical texts

Cities
resident readers and others
Organizations
breaking the body of the text
Gardens
planning and presentation
Sign language
space, community and identity

Part IV: Subjectivity in research

Bodies
reading the body
Ethnography
reading across culture
Silence
absence and context
Action
advocacy and change
Index.

Additional information

GOR003233583
Critical Textwork by PARKER
PARKER
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
1999-06-01
240
0335202047
9780335202041
N/A
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