By outlining and integrating three different perspectives - discourse, rhetoric and social theory - this book provides a comprehensive and well-illustrated framework for the analysis of everyday texts. The first part of the book describes the tools and resources which can be drawn from discourse analysis, rhetorical theory, and social theory. These perspectives are then brought together in an extensive analysis of everyday texts. The last chapter examines the principles and consequences of conducting theoretically informed critical textual analysis.
Chapter 4: The Resources of Social Theory
The Resources of Social Theory
The previous two chapters developed theories—discoursal and rhetorical—of language acts that include a social dimension as part of their foundations. Both perspectives, for example, view the systemic and functional nature of language use as intimately connected both to the social conditions out of which texts arise and to the social consequences that follow from them. This chapter seeks to investigate social theory to provide a means for systematically and explicitly exploring the social meanings of language acts in terms that complement and extend the discoursal and rhetorical theories. The social theory explored here complements these theories by relating systems of social resources to the typical social functions they enable in symbolic action. It extends the other ...