In social network, the relationship between discourse and society is interdependent: it is socially shaped and also socially shaping. The task of CDA is to explore the tension between these two sides of practice, the socially shaped and socially shaping. It has the role to make those involved in the discourse who may not be aware of the intertwined relations of certain discourse understand its hidden meanings and relations.
Social practice is a part of discourse that shapes matters of meaning that depend on matters of social relationship.
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Matters of meaning and matters of social relationships are interdependent as well, so we must understand both to understand either. CDA is characterized by a realist social ontology; it regards both abstract social structures and concrete social events as parts of social reality Fairclough, Similarly, Michael Meyer , p. The first concerns general social theories, often called 'grand theories', which conceptualize relations between social structure and social action, providing top-down explanations i.
The second concerns bottom-up explanation i. However, van Dijk , p. To him, this will often be effective and adequate, because it is easy to assume that directive speech acts such as commands or orders may be used to enact power, and hence also to exercise and to reproduce dominance. Similarly, it is easy to examine the style, rhetoric, or meaning of texts for strategies that aim at the concealment of social power relations, for instance by playing down, leaving implicit or understating responsible agency of powerful social actors in the events represented in the text.
CDA, hence, studies the relation between society, discourse and social cognition, which is the necessary theoretical and empirical interface that should be examined in detail.
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Social cognition is the missing link between discourse and dominance, a feature that distinguishes CDA from other non-critical approaches. In CDA, discourse involves social conditions of production e. CDA treats discourse as a type of social practice including visual images, music, gestures, and the like that represent and endorse it.
Texts are produced by socially situated speakers and writers. Fairclough uses text in a generalized sense for the discoursal element of social events i. Texts are understood in the light of their relation to other elements of social events and social structures, as well as of their relation to social practices, the mediating forms between social events and social structures and the forms of social activity, which include social relations, social identities, and social subjects. Faiclough defined text as a product rather than a process; and discourse in the whole is the process of social interaction.
It is a particular way of representing certain parts or aspects of the physical, social, psychological world; for instance, there are different political discourses liberal, conservative, social-democratic etc which represent social groups and relations between social groups in a society in different ways. He also differentiates between discourse, genre, and style. A genre is a particular way of acting socially, which means acting together, i. A style is a particular way of being, i.
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For Fairclough, the social world consists of abstract social structure and concrete social events. Social practices are the mediating parts between the two elements. Social structure is represented generally by language, social practices are represented by orders of discourse, and social events are represented in texts. Semiosis is an element of the social at all levels.
Semiosis figures in three main ways of social practice. It is figured in genres ways of acting , discourses ways of representing , and Styles ways of being Fairclough, Texts, which represent the social concrete events, are the social resources of discourses, genres, and styles. They do not simply reflect discourses, genres, and styles, but they actively rework and articulate them together in distinctive and potentially novel ways.
The analysis of texts in this respect, according to Fairclough , shows how texts articulate different discourses, genres and styles together, potentially drawing from diverse orders of discourse, and of social agents to use existing social resources in innovative ways potentially showing the capacity which, subject to certain conditions, may contribute to changing the character of and relations between social practices.
The causal powers of social agents in social events are thus conditional upon pre-structured properties of social life, knowledge of which can only be produced by abstraction, and knowledge of which is necessary for analyses of concrete events which can show the socially transformative and constructive powers of social agents.
CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS – The critical study of language (Norman Fairclough, 1997)
Here, CDA stepped forward Foucault's approach that argued that the analysis of discourse rigorously ignores any fundamental dependence on anything outside of discourse itself; discourse is never taken as a record of historical events, an articulation of meaningful content, or the expression of an individual or collective psychology. Instead, it is analyzed not only at the level of 'things said,' i.
Thus, discourse is not just a set of articulated propositions, nor is it the trace of an otherwise hidden psychology, spirit, or encompassing historical idea; it is the set of relations within which all of these other factors gain their sense. Fairclough called such analysis of text as 'Interdiscursive', which includes linguistic and semiotic analysis of text features that allows the analyst to assess the relationship and tension between the causal effects of agency in the concrete event and the causal effects of practices and structures, and to detect shifts in the relationship between orders of discourse and networks of social practices as these are registered in the interdiscursivity mixing of genres, discourses, styles of texts.
In sum, semiosis is the social aspect of discourse, whereas text is a product and process of discourse. In other words, texts are instances and representations of social actions, of social production, or makings of meanings, understandings, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, social relations, social and personal identities.
All linguistic forms, including language use, text, talk, and every kind of verbal and written communication, form what we call 'discourse': a form of social practice Fairclough, , , and , a part of communicative event van Dijk, , and a form of knowledge and memory, whereas text illustrates concrete oral utterances or written documents Reisigl and Wodak, What is Critical Discourse Analysis? Research Paper postgraduate , 47 Pages, Grade: Excellent.
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