Open University Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 166 pages
The concept of discourse provokes considerable debate and is understood in a variety of ways in the contemporary social sciences. This text discusses the different conceptions and methods of discourse analysis, while setting out the traditions of thinking in which these conceptions have emerged. It surveys structuralist, post-structuralist and post-Marxist theory.
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Defining the Concept of Discourse
Saussure Structuralism and Symbolic Systems
Poststructuralism Deconstruction and Textuality
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