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Methods of Critical Discourse Studies

Methods of Critical Discourse Studies

Third Edition
Edited by:

October 2015 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is a sophisticated and nuanced introduction to critical discourse analysis (CDA) that covers a range of topics in an accessible, engaging style. With international examples and an interdisciplinary approach, readers gain a rich understanding of the many angles into critical discourse analysis, the fundamentals of how analysis works and examples from written texts, online data and images.

This new edition:

  • expands coverage of multimodality
  • adds two new chapters on social media and analysis of online data
  • supports learning with a guided introduction to each chapter
  • includes a new and extended glossary

Clearly written, practical and rigorous in its approach, this book is the ideal companion when embarking on research that focuses on discourse and meaning-making.

Ruth Wodak & Michael Meyer
Chapter 1: Critical Discourse Studies: History, Agenda, Theory, and Methodology
Martin Reisigl and Ruth Wodak
Chapter 2: The Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA)
Teun A. van Dijk
Chapter 3: Critical Discourse Studies: A Sociocognitive Approach
Norman Fairclough
Chapter 4: A dialectical-relation approach to critical discourse analysis in social research
Siegfried Jäger and Florentine Maier
Chapter 5: Analysing discourses and dispositives: a Foucauldian approach to theory and methodology
Theo van Leeuwen
Chapter 6: Discourse as the recontextualization of social practice – a guide
Gerlinde Mautner
Chapter 7: Checks and balances: how corpus linguistics can contribute to CDA
Dennis Jancsary, Markus A. Höllerer, Renate E. Meyer
Chapter 8: Critical Analysis of Visual and Multimodal Texts
Majid KhosraviNik and Johann W. Unger
Chapter 9: Critical discourse studies and social media: power, resistance and critique in changing media ecologies

This volume offers the most thorough introduction to current methods and areas of application of critical discourse analysis, collecting and representing the work of the leading scholars in the field. This book is a must and an invaluable resource for scholars and students interested in the nexus between discourse, power and society.

Anna De Fina
Georgetown University

This is the best overview of CDS I know. Revised, updated with new topics such as social media, and easier to read. This book is a must for all students of discourse studies.

Jan Renkema
Tilburg University

A classic collection on critical discourse analysis. Bringing together seminal pieces by the leading figures of the field and innovative contributions by younger scholars, this updated and enhanced edition constitutes both an important scholarly achievement and a most valuable teaching resource.

Lilie Chouliaraki
London School of Economics

The book is undoubtedly
an essential read and a valuable sourcebook for scholars and students interested in the
interplay among discourse, ideology and power.

Yuting Lin
City University of Hong Kong

I have noticed an increased interest in CDA among research students. This book is scientifically designed to guide students on the method. The most interesting aspects is the clear, explicit yet rigorous approach taken in writing this book.

Dr Indrani Lahiri
Communications , De Montfort University
June 13, 2016

An interesting read, enabling students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
March 3, 2016

Really useful to have a guide that looks at a good range of approaches to doing critical discourse analysis. Will include on the recommended reading for our MA module in Qualitative Methods and also recommend to undergrads using CDA for their dissertations.

Dr Merran Toerien
Department of Sociology, York University
April 4, 2016
Key features

New to the Third Edition of Methods of Critical Discourse Studies:


  • Expanded coverage of multimodality
  • Chapters on social media and analysis of online data
  • A guided introduction to each chapter
  • A new and extended glossary
  • Updated pedagogy: student-focussed examples, further reading lists, and tasks/activities 
  • Expanded coverage of multimodality
  • Chapters on social media and analysis of online data
  • A guided introduction to each chapter
  • A new and extended glossary
  • Updated pedagogy: student-focussed examples, further reading lists, and tasks/activities 

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