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Putting philosophy back to work in Critical Discourse Analysis
Talib,Nadira1; Fitzgerald,Richard2
Source PublicationCritical Discourse Studies
ISSN17405912 17405904

This paper explores how philosophical inquiry and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) can mutually benefit from each other to produce new methodological and reflexive directions in neo-liberal policy research to examine the phenomenon of ‘What is (going on here)’. Through this we argue that augmenting linguistic analysis with philosophical perspectives develops and supports CDA scholarship more broadly by accommodating the shifting complexity of social problems of ideologically driven inequality that are inbuilt through, in our case, social policy texts. In discussing philosophical-methodological issues, the paper argues for the need to continually adapt CDA to the particular data so as to remain sensitive to and avoid hegemonic tendencies in analysis. Through adopting the principles of a working methodology, we discuss a micro-meso-macro CDA framework that draws on the analytical concepts of movement, metaphorical superfluidity, thematic condensation, and surrealism to conceive of a research approach capable of examining and comprehending evolving discourses of political economies. The most immediate benefit of this framework is its capacity to illustrate how forms of valuations perpetuated by and through policy discourse are the motivational locus of meaning making insofar as they strongly inform the moral underpinning the ideology of economic growth.

KeywordCritical Discourse Analysis Data-led Methodology Evaluation Metaphor Neo-liberalism Philosophy Political Economy Social Policy Surrealism Valuation
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WOS SubjectCommunication
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Corresponding AuthorTalib,Nadira
Affiliation1.School of Communicationn and Arts University of Queensland,St Lucia,Australia
2.Department of CommunicationUniversity of Macau,Macao
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Talib,Nadira,Fitzgerald,Richard. Putting philosophy back to work in Critical Discourse Analysis[J]. Critical Discourse Studies,2018,15(2):123-139.
APA Talib,Nadira,&Fitzgerald,Richard.(2018).Putting philosophy back to work in Critical Discourse Analysis.Critical Discourse Studies,15(2),123-139.
MLA Talib,Nadira,et al."Putting philosophy back to work in Critical Discourse Analysis".Critical Discourse Studies 15.2(2018):123-139.
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