If you have read my pages summarising
discourse, you may agree that, however interesting and useful
the idea of discourse may be, there could be criticism that discourse
is only a more sophisticated form of campaigning, or that discourse
is just another method of commentating of current affairs.
These criticisms clearly have some validity, so discourse analysis
faces a challenge of how it can become a 'full academic discipline'
- how can it inoculate itself in advance against these criticisms
For this reason Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) has been developed,
and I want to describe CDA as an academic discipline which has developed
a range of methods and techniques for working on discourse - finding
ways to disentangle the discourses and understand the positions
and levels taken up by authors.
I have tried to describe the core of CDA, and some of the major
issues it deals with on the following pages:-
The Theoretical Grounding and Objectives
of CDA - sjdfh
The Attitude of CDA - its approach
to problems - sdkjg
The main concepts of CDA - power,
history, ideology, etc
The Potential of CDA - gfafg
CDA as a school - kdfgjadrgf
Power - kfjgoadf