What is Discourse Analysis?

Taylor, Stephanie (2013). What is Discourse Analysis? 'What is?' Research Methods Series. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

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Discourse analysts in the social sciences work with many forms of language data, including talk, documents, online material and news media. They investigate interactions and social practices, meaning-making and larger meaning systems, and contests and conflicts around collective identities, social norms and subjectification. This book offers a coherent and wide-ranging introduction to different theoretical and practical traditions of discourse analysis. It introduces the premises underlying them and sets out the processes through which discourse analytic researchers produce findings which become evidence for new academic arguments. It provides clear practical guidance and also answers some common criticisms of discourse analysis.

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