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Grammar and Social Worlds

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Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)

Abstract

This chapter introduces a new way of understanding empirical research in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), whereby the priority is not the exploration of a social problem or oppressive ideology, but rather the discovery of as-yet-unimagined new forms of social structure. Such an approach requires an engagement with those aspects of postmodern theory that dialectical-relational CDA usually rejects: the idea of the self, or subject, as discursively constructed. The chapter also offers a critique of practice theory, which views social actors as actors mediating discourses, and thus placing the burden of responsibility on the individual to effect change. The chapter explores how a CDA that is better informed by postmodern theory allows ways of imagining non-oppressive social structures.

Keywords

Social World Grammatical Structure Critical Discourse Analysis Practice Theory Grand Narrative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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