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This interdisciplinary collection brings together leading and emerging scholars of discourse, conceptualizing how discursive practices shape social, political, and even material realities today.

Discourses in Action presents a wide range of essays that explore fundamental concerns for the social consequences of text, talk, and discursively informed actions and possibilities of discursive engagement. It opens new perspectives on what language does and the differences that scholarly and practical contributions can make. Chapters cover diverse topics, ranging from political struggles, climate change, social revolutions, ethnicity, violence and other often unexpected patterns of discursive consequences. Its essays also explore the cultural contingencies that underlie discourse practices which are usually ignored when analysed from within a taken-for-granted culture.

Providing a useful examination of current discourse studies, this interdisciplinary volume is ideal for students and researchers within media, communication, discourse analysis, linguistics, cultural studies, and the sociology of knowledge.

Table of contents

Half Title
Series Page
Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: why discourses in action?
PART I: Divergent approaches to discourse analyses
1. Analysing the politics of denial: critical discourse studies and the discourse-historical approach
1 Principles and underlying assumptions
2 The Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA)
3 Example analysis: far-right populism and the “politics of denial”
4 Conclusion
2. Discourse as ventriloquy: a pragmatic/relational analysis of media as agents
3. Discursive construction: a sociology of knowledge approach to discourse analysis
1. Three vignettes
2. Discourses in action: The SKAD perspective
3. Some examples of SKAD work
4. The discourse analytical imagination
4. Discursive psychology: a non-cognitivist approach to practices of knowing
Contemporary discursive psychology
Final thoughts
PART II: Three prototypical studies of discourses in action
5. Re-contextualizing visual representations: the videos of and about police accountability in three competing discourses
Theoretical foundation
Context and discourse
Police accountability activist (PAA) discourse
Law enforcement officer (LEO) discourse
6. Discourses for transformation? climate change, power and pathways to the future
Discourse and (in)action on climate change
The idea of transformation
Tools for analysis and critique
Alternative discourses for transformation
7. The circulation of constitutional discourse
Regarding the samples
The thing-like salience of the constitution
Abolishing the constitution
Affect, circulation, and power
PART III: Cultural contingencies of discursive practices
8. Dueling discourses of power and resistance: the cultural contexts of the shifting revolutionary rhetoric of three Egyptian political actors
The Egyptian military: shifting rhetorical strategies and
revolutionary narratives
The Muslim Brotherhood: shifting rhetorical strategies and
revolutionary narratives
The young activists: shifting rhetorical strategies and
revolutionary narratives
Concluding remarks: competing rhetorical struggles and
continuing paradoxes
9. One case, two verdicts: the vertical interplay of authoritative discourses in China
The lawsuits and research questions
The approach taken
Social practice, recontextualization, and meta-discourse
Discourses two decades apart
Political power and influence in judicial practices
Concluding remarks
10. Discourses of dissent: the role of speech and action in Israeli grassroots activism
Activism as a cultural-discursive formation
Language ideology and Israeli activist discourse
Discursive strategies in activist discourse
Concluding remarks

Product information

Publisher‏:‎Routledge; 1st edition (January 22, 2020)
Paperback‏:‎208 pages

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