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Methods of Critical Discourse Studies

Third Edition


© 2016 | 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.


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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

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

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
October 18, 2015
  • 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 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Critical Discourse Studies: History, Agenda, Theory, and Methodology


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