This book provides an introduction to the basic principles of discourse research, offering practical research strategies for doing discourse analyses in the social sciences. The book includes guidance on developing a research question, selecting data and analyzing it, and presenting the results. The author has extensive practical experience in the field of discourse research and shows, throughout, how the methods suggested are compatible with numerous research questions and problems in sociology, cultural, political and social studies and related disciplines.

Approaches in Discourse Research

The term ‘discourse’, in everyday English, means a simple conversation, an interchange between different people. In French or other Romance languages discours (or discorso) is the usual term for a ‘learnéd speech’, a lecture, a treatise, sermon, presentation and more besides. Talking of ‘public or political discourses’ in both languages ...

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