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.
* 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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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.
Critical Textwork by PARKER
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