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 6: Integrating Theoretical Resources and Critical Practices
Integrating Theoretical Resources and Critical Practices
In my introduction to this book, I quoted a statement by Burke—“The symbolic act is the dancing of an attitude”—to set the stage for the chapters that followed. We have seen how each of our three theories—discoursal, rhetorical, and social—is concerned with the symbolic. Discourse analysis interprets instances of text in relation to systems of meaning-making resources. Rhetorical analysis focuses on the role and nature of symbolic systems in enabling and constraining our means of identification and consubstantiation. Social theory recognizes the symbolic as both a constituent of social orders and a major means through which social orders are produced and reproduced.
Each of these perspectives also emphasizes the active nature of text—its “dance.” Discourse ...