This novel and important book brings together insights from cultural studies and critical discourse analysis to examine the fruitful links between the two. Cultural Studies and Discourse Analysis shows that critical discourse analysis is able to provide the analytic context, skills and tools by which we can study how language constructs, constitutes and shapes the social world and demonstrates in detail how the methodological approach of critical discourse analysis can enhance cultural studies. In a richly argued discussion, the authors show how marrying the methodology of critical discourse analysis with cultural studies enlarges our understanding of gender and ethnicity.

Language, Identity and Cultural Politics

Language, identity and cultural politics

This chapter explores the character of subjectivity and identity as cultural constructions to which language is central. Identity is the focus of the chapter for two reasons. First, it is through the identity categories of gender and ethnicity that, in later chapters, we explore the potential of CDA to contribute to the project of cultural studies. Second, identity has been the primary domain with which cultural studies has been concerned during the 1990s. It will be argued that the plasticity of identity, manifested as the ability to talk about ourselves in a variety of ways, leads us to a form of cultural politics centred on the re-description of persons and social situations. This politics of re-signification ...

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