Language and Power

Norman Fairclough

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Language and Power

Language and Power Language in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern It will be of practical relevance to all those wa

  • Title: Language and Power
  • Author: Norman Fairclough
  • ISBN: 9780582414839
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Language in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions.Language and Power was firsLanguage in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions.Language and Power was first published in 1989 and quickly established itself as a ground breaking book Its popularity continues as an accessible introductory text to the field of Discourse Analysis, focusing on how language functions in maintaining and changing power relations in modern society the ways of analysing language which can reveal these processes how people can become conscious of them, and able to resist and change themThe question of language and power is still important and urgent in the twenty first century, but there have been substantial changes in social life during the past decade which have somewhat changed the nature of unequal power relations, and therefore the agenda for the critical study of language In this new edition, Norman Fairclough brings the discussion fully up to date and covers the issue of globalisation of power relations and the development of the internet in relation to Language and Power The bibliography has also been fully updated to include important new reference material.

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    1. Trevor on said:

      This is a wonderful book – I think what I like most about, when compared to other books by Fairclough I have read, is that it really does go out of its way to be clear and useable. This is a less of a book and more of a weapon. It presents a series of worked examples to show the reader how to critically engage with language so as to see how language is being used to position them within political and ideological frames. Although this book was written quite some time ago – many of the example [...]

    2. Stef Rozitis on said:

      Ok this book really did it for me. To begin with, obviously Fairclough has worked with ACTUAL students and seems keen to actually teach/share knowledge instead of just persuading or showing off his intelligence. The book has numerous examples showing "how to" use discourse analysis in all sorts of situations and with all sorts of questions and Fairclough even tries to scaffold the reader attempting her/his own analysis with questions and teasers.The main topic of the book is all the ways languag [...]

    3. Jason Antoniewicz on said:

      Read this a long time ago and it was one of a small number of texts which reframed how I thought about language use in many contexts. Interesting stuff.

    4. Rick on said:

      Though I wouldn't classify this book as a "fun read," it does contain many thoughtful statements that often require further reflection, e.g. "The more mechanical the functioning of an ideological assumption in the construction of coherent interpretations, the less likely it is to become a focus of conscious awareness, and hence the more secure its ideological status - which means also the more effectively it is reproduced by being drawn upon in discourse" (108).

    5. Геллее Салахов Авбакар on said:

      Norman Fairclough is very famous and considered to be the father of Critical discourse analysis, but the most notable thing is his works is that he is making a comparison between the society and the Language and each Linguistic entity. Here in "Language and Power" he trying to make a distinction between the power in all it's aspects and between Language as a Humanistic overcome. It was really a nice attempt to make critical demonstrations.

    6. terka on said:

      (I don't rate non-fiction or textbooks)A very interesting book, although I did not agree on some of the points the author made. But the parts about ideology in commonsense assumptions was very thought provoking.

    7. Sophie Goodeve on said:

      Read as RA working on longitudinal study of students entering the law profession - too long ago to remember the details!

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