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Discourse and Practice: New Tools for Critical Analysis

Theo van Leeuwen


Building on Bernstein's concept of recontextualization, Foucault's theory of discourse, Halliday's systemic-functional linguistics and Martin's theory of activity sequences, this book defines discourses as frameworks for the interpretation of reality and presents detailed and explicit methods for reconstructing these frameworks through text analysis. There are methods for analyzing the representation of social action, social actors and the timings and spatial locations of social practices as well as methods for analyzing how the purposes, legitimations and moral evaluations of social practices ... More

Keywords: discourse, critical discourse analysis, social practice, recontextualization, social action, social actors, time, space, legitimation, multimodality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195323306
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theo van Leeuwen, author
University of Technology, Sydney