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Methods for Critical Discourse Analysis

Second Edition
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March 2009 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis provides a concise, comprehensible and thoroughly up-to-date introduction to CDA, appropriate for both novice and experienced researchers.

This new edition has been updated throughout, with a new introduction contextualizing the development of the CDA approach, and two entirely new chapters on the 'social actor approach' to CDA and the use of quantitative corpus linguistic methods. The editors have brought together contributions from leading experts in the field, who each introduce their own approaches to CDA. Examples are included throughout, demonstrating the value of the method in analyzing a variety of genres of written material on a whole range of topics, including global warming, leadership in management, and globalization.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in linguistics, sociology and psychology interested in interdisciplinary approaches to coping with topical social problems.

Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer
Critical Discourse Analysis: History, Agenda, Theory and Methodology
Siegfried Jäger and Florentine Maier
Theoretical and Methodological Aspects of Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis and Dispositive Analysis
Teun A Van Dijk
Critical Discourse Studies: A Sociocognitive Approach
Martin Reisigl and Ruth Wodak
The Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA)
Gerlinde Mautner
Checks and Balances: How Corpus Linguistics Can Contribute to CDA
Theo van Leeuwen
Discourse as the Recontextualization of Social Practice: A Guide
Norman Fairclough
A Dialectical-Relational Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis in Social Research

The greatest value of Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis is its ability to present CDA in a concise and introductory way. In this volume, readers will find a fair presentation of CDA’s agenda, shared goals and the diversity which characterizes this field of research. It is recommended reading for CDA beginners, for those researchers from different fields of humanities or social political fields who want to get a fix on the school so they know what they will adhere to if they choose to adopt a CDA perspective in their research, as well as for experienced CDA researchers, always interested in the latest developments of this ever evolving and exciting school
Discourse Studies


This book provides an excellent introduction into some of the main approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis and shows the variety in the field. It has been requested for order at our university library for our MA students.

Ms Shala Barczewska
Institute of Foreign Languages, Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego w Kielcach
January 5, 2015

A very nice text that covers all the fundamental areas in Critical Discourse Analysis and discourse research more broadly. The utility of the book is enhanced by its accessible language and useful examples used to illustrate the practicality of some of the approaches to CDA treated in the text.

Mr Kelechi Ekuma
Institute for Development Policy and Management, Univ. of Manchester
September 20, 2014

This book offers a collection of essays on history, theory and method of CDA from established writers in the field with lists of additional resources signposting directions for future reading. As would be expected given the topic, there are many alternative ways of interpreting CDA but I would recommend this book to anyone interested in starting or re-visiting the subject either for personal interest, for teaching or to support their own research project.

Ms Sue Watling
Centre for Educational Research and Development, University of Lincoln
August 17, 2014

It is very useful and informative book for those doing research in social sciences and wanting to explore further the field of discourse analysis. It addresses the contemporary issues in the filed and provides a good theoretical to frame research in this field.

Mr Ana Da Silva
School of Medicine, Swansea University
May 7, 2014

Sound introduction to this area of analysis.

Ms Louise O'Boyle
School of Art and Design, Ulster University
March 31, 2014

The big names of discourse studies assembled in one reasonable-sized book! It won't be hard to convince my students to take parts of this book for their further research and I highly recommend to them to have a look into the different chapters of this book before starting their research on discourses about gender and feminism in Eastern Europe!

Ms Roswitha Kersten-Pejanic
Department of Slavic studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
January 13, 2014

provides a grounded intro into the topic I teach in my course and is used for applied analyses of qualitative interviews

Professor Manfred Fuchs
Inst of International Management, University of Graz
November 23, 2013

This is a nice book for our students as introduction to CDA.

Ms Marianne Hoeyen
Department of Education, Aarhus University
July 3, 2013

An excellent book which has been added to the essential reading list for those using discourse analysis in their research.

Mr Chris Briggs
Teac, South Essex College
January 26, 2013

This new edition has been updated throughout, with a new introduction contextualizing the development of the CDA approach, and two entirely new chapters on the 'social actor approach' to CDA and the use of quantitative corpus linguistic methods.

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Ruth Wodak

Ruth Wodak is Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University. Her research interests focus on discourse studies; identity politics; racism, antisemitism and other forms of discrimination; and on ethnographic methods of linguistic field work. She was awarded the Lebenswerk-Preis in 2018, which honors outstanding life work of personalities who are promoting and achieving gender equality.She was awarded the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and an Honorary Doctorate from University of Örebro in Sweden in 2010. She has held visiting professorships in University of Uppsala, Stanford University,... More About Author

Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer is Professor for Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business. More About Author

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