Discourse Theory and Practice: A Reader

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Discourse Theory and Practice is much more than a collection of key classic articles and papers in the field of discourse analysis. The aim of the book is to introduce students to the major figures in the field, and to some of their writings which, combined with the interspersed editorial commentaries, should allow students to understand the key epistemological and methodological issues of discourse theory and practice.

The Reader is organized into four coherent Parts, namely: Foundations and Building Blocks; Social Interaction; Minds, Selves and Sense-Making; and Culture and Social Relations. Key readings include works by Stuart Hall, Jonathan Potter, David Silverman, Erving Goffman, Teun van Dijk, Derek Edwards and Michael Billig. Chapters introduce the student to each individual and their reading, contextualizing each in terms of their contribution to the field, theoretical standpoint and individual method of doing discourse analysis. The many didactic elements of the book make it ideal as an introduction to the study of discourse for all students of psychology, sociology, linguistics or cultural studies.

 

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Contents

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About the author (2001)

Margaret Wetherell is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University, UK and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council Programme on Identities and Social Action.

Stephanie Taylor is a senior lecturer in Social Psychology at the Open University, UK. Her research investigates a complex gendered subject and contemporary identification, including identities of creativity and work. She has also written extensively on discourse analysis and qualitative research. Her books include What Is Discourse Analysis? (Bloomsbury, 2013), Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work, with Karen Littleton (Ashgate, 2012), and Narratives of Identity and Place (Routledge, 2010). She is a coeditor, with Susan Luckman, of the 2018 Palgrave Macmillan collection The New Normal of Working Lives: Critical Studies in Contemporary Work and Employment. She is originally from New Zealand and now lives in the UK.