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Discourse Approaches

Angermuller, Johannes and Kollmorgen, Raj (2019). Discourse Approaches. In: Merkel, Wolfgang; Kollmorgen, Raj and Wagener, Hans-Jürgen eds. The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 212–220.

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As a practice of meaning making in society, discourse points to important dimensions of social and historical change. This chapter discusses examples of discourse research on social transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. It shows how methods from linguistic, semiotic, and cultural theory can be used to account for a changing social order (e.g., how change is narrated in Russia during the perestroika period or how Eastern Germans are represented in Western media discourse after the reunification). Against a background in Discourse Studies, we put special emphasis on macrosociological views of discursive change, which one can find, for instance, in Foucault’s power/knowledge approach, Laclau/Mouffian hegemony analysis, and Critical Discourse Analysis. The chapter concludes by pointing out the strengths as well as the limits of discourse research, which is based on the idea that language not only represents social realities but, through representation, also contributes to creating them.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0-19-882991-4, 978-0-19-882991-1
Keywords: discourse analysis; discourse theory; linguistic theory; semiotic theory; cultural theory; Critical discourse analysis; Michel Foucault; Ernesto Laclau; Norman Fairclough; Central and Eastern Europe
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 62200
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2019 08:08
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2019 08:23
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