In the 1980s, a range of approaches labeled “discourse analysis” spread within and across many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including communication research. By 2000, these approaches had formed a well-established and widely used cross-disciplinary tradition of research on communication, culture, and society. The main body of discourse analytic approaches adhere to the social constructionist premises that social phenomena are, at least to some extent, created in social interaction and that all knowledge is a contingent, socially and historically specific, product of our ways of categorizing the world through meaning-making in language. This entry examines this body of approaches but excludes forms of discourse analysis in linguistics that do not subscribe to these premises.

Central discourse analytic approaches employed in communication research are critical ...

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