Download PDF by James Paul Gee: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory & Method

By James Paul Gee

ISBN-10: 0415211867

ISBN-13: 9780415211864

Assuming no past wisdom of linguistics, Gee offers either a idea of language-in-use, in addition to a mode of analysis. this system is made from a collection of instruments of enquiry and techniques for utilizing them. views from various techniques and disciplines, together with utilized linguistics, schooling, psychology, anthropology, and communique, are included to aid scholars and students quite a number backgrounds formulate their very own perspectives on discourse analysis.

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Furthermore, within this Conversation, an object like a cigarette or an institution like a tobacco company, or the act of smoking itself, takes on meanings – symbolic values – within the Conversation, but dichotomous meanings. Smoking can be seen as an addiction, an expression of freedom, or a lack of caring about others. The point is that those familiar with the Conversation know, just as they can select the 36 Discourses and social languages meaning of sentence 1 out of 112 possibilities, the possible meanings of cigarettes, tobacco companies, and smoking.

In considering this language, what sorts of relationships among different Discourses are involved (institutionally, in society, or historically)? How are different Discourses aligned or in contention here? • What Conversations are relevant to understanding this language and to what Conversations does it contribute (institutionally, in society, or historically)? Note: The term “Discourse” (with a big “D”) is meant to cover important aspects of what others have called: discourses (Foucault 1966, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1985); communities of practice (Lave and Wenger 1991); cultural communities (Clark 1996); discourse communities (Berkenkotter and Huckin 1995; Miller 1984); distributed knowledge or distributed systems (Hutchins 1995; Lave 1988); thought collectives (Fleck 1979); practices (Barton and Hamilton 1998; Bourdieu 1977, 1985, 1990a, b; Heidegger 1962); cultures (Geertz 1973, 1983); activity systems (Engestrom 1987, 1990; Leont’ev 1981; Wertsch 1998); actor-actant networks (Callon and Latour 1992; Latour 1987); and (one interpretation of) “forms of life” (Wittgenstein 1958).

And its history in this case, as well as about smoking – we can almost predict what they will be. ” We all readily connect Philip Morris’s core value statements to themes of American individualism and freedom. Note how the values of “individual initiative” and “reward for merit,” which are part of the core values of both Johnson & Johnson and Philip Morris, take on a different coloring in the two cases. ” This coloring is the effect of our knowledge of the two sides to the “smoking Conversation” in which, we all know, individual freedom is pitted against social responsibility.

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