Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis provides a concise, comprehensible and thoroughly up-to-date introduction to CDA, appropriate for both novice and experienced researchers. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in linguistics, sociology and psychology interested in interdisciplinary approaches to coping with topical social problems.

The Discourse-Historical Approach



  • Defining the approach63
  • Theoretical background63
  • The notion of ‘discourse’65
  • The history of the discourse-historical approach67
  • The research programme67
  • Political and discriminatory discourses70
  • The analysis of discriminatory discourse: the case-study of the FPÖ petition ‘Austria first’ 1992–372
  • Categories of analysis72
  • Arguing for and against discrimination73
  • The ‘Austria first’ petition77
  • Conclusions and procedures: a summary93
  • Further reading93

Defining the approach

Theoretical background1

Struggles and contradictions characterize our modern world and Western societies. Nowhere is homogeneity to be found. ...

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