Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Analyzing language and communication can give us great insight into relationships, power and the cultural boundaries of our society. Written for students who are new to discourse analysis, this book demonstrates how to analyze discourse effectively.

Author Biography

RUTH WODAK is Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University. She is member of the editorial board of a range of linguistic journals, co-editor of the journal Discourse and Society and editor of Critical Discourse Studies.

MICHAL KRZYZANOWSKI has been Research Associate at the Department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Lancaster since 2004. Michal is an active member of the Research Centre 'Discourse, Politics Identity' at the Department of European and Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies (former Dept. of Applied Linguistics), University of Vienna, Austria.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. viii
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Contributorsp. x
Introduction: Discourse Studies - Important Concepts and Termsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Discourse and textp. 4
Contextp. 10
Genrep. 14
Outline of the volumep. 21
Notesp. 23
Referencesp. 24
Analyzing Newspapers, Magazines and Other Print Mediap. 30
Introductionp. 30
Laying the foundations: what are print media?p. 30
Why study print media?p. 32
Production and consumptionp. 32
Getting started and engaging with your datap. 34
Corpus-buildingp. 35
Key resources for textual analysisp. 38
Checks and balances: comparative evidence from reference corporap. 44
Summaryp. 48
Notesp. 49
Key readingsp. 51
Referencesp. 51
Analyzing Communication in the New Mediap. 54
Introductionp. 54
New media: an overviewp. 54
Why investigate communication in the new media as a social scientist?p. 58
Compiling a corpus of CMC textsp. 59
What is a genre?p. 63
Key properties of scholarly email postingsp. 64
Summaryp. 72
Notesp. 73
Key readingsp. 74
Referencesp. 74
Analyzing TV Documentariesp. 77
Introductionp. 77
Defining documentariesp. 77
The powerfulness of documentariesp. 78
Types of documentariesp. 79
Preconditions for the analysis of documentariesp. 79
Steps towards a meaningful analysis of television documentariesp. 80
Analyzing verbal and multimodal aspects of documentariesp. 84
Levels of analysis and selection of a transcription methodp. 90
Including necessary context informationp. 92
Notesp. 94
Key readingsp. 94
Referencesp. 94
Analyzing Political Rhetoricp. 96
Introductionp. 96
What is political rhetoric?p. 96
The politolinguistic approachp. 97
A selection of analytical categoriesp. 99
How to conduct a politolinguistic analysis of political rhetoric - a theoretical outline of the research practicep. 100
Doing politolinguistic analysis - an examplep. 101
Concluding remarksp. 117
Notesp. 118
Key readingsp. 119
Referencesp. 119
Analyzing Interaction in Broadcast Debatesp. 121
Introductionp. 121
Steps in analysisp. 122
Text and contextsp. 123
Applying the framework to interaction in debatesp. 127
Debates and other genresp. 140
Notesp. 142
Key readingsp. 142
Referencesp. 142
Analyzing Research Interviewsp. 145
Introductionp. 145
Approaches to discourse analysis in different disciplinesp. 146
Contexts for discourse analysis of research interviewsp. 150
Co-textp. 152
Intertextual linksp. 153
Context of situationp. 154
Sociopolitical and historical contextsp. 157
Issues in analysis and explanationp. 158
Notesp. 159
Key readingsp. 159
Referencesp. 159
Analyzing Focus Group Discussionsp. 162
Focus groups and their focip. 162
Exploring key features of focus groupsp. 164
The (process of) framing focus groupsp. 165
Approaching and analyzing focus groupsp. 167
Thematic structures in focus group discourse: example of analysisp. 169
Conclusionsp. 177
Notesp. 178
Key readingsp. 179
Referencesp. 179
Discourse Analysis and Ethnographyp. 182
What is ethnography?p. 182
Analyzing organizational discoursep. 183
In the field: gathering and analyzing ethnographic datap. 186
Interpreting ethnographic data in discourse-oriented researchp. 190
Assessing the quality of research and the principle of reflexivityp. 196
Notesp. 198
Key readingsp. 199
Referencesp. 199
Glossaryp. 204
Indexp. 209
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