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Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.001.0001

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Discourse as the Recontextualization of Social Practice

Discourse as the Recontextualization of Social Practice

(p.3) 1 Discourse as the Recontextualization of Social Practice
Discourse and Practice

Theo Van Leeuwen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Drawing on the work of Bernstein and other sociologists and anthropologists, as well as on the work of linguists such as Gleason, Grimes, Halliday and Martin, this chapter defines discourse as the recontextualization of social practice and introduces the key elements of social practices—actors, actions, performance modes, presentation styles, times, locations, resources and eligibility conditions It then outlines the transformations that occur in the process of recontextualization and the way in which recontextualization adds reactions, purposes and legitimations to representations of social practices. An extended analysis of a short newspaper article exemplifies the concepts introduced.

Keywords:   discourse, recontextualization, social practice, social actors, social actions, time, space, transformation, purpose, legitimation

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