Tag: Discourse

Critical Discourse Studies and Technology A Multimodal Approach to Analysing Technoculture


Critical Discourse Studies and Technology: A Multimodal Approach to Analysing Technoculture By Ian Roderick
2016 | 232 Pages | ISBN: 1472569490 | PDF | 2 MB
Making a new contribution to the developing field of multimodal critical discourse studies, Ian Roderick’s book demonstrates how technologies that tend to be widely represented as innovative, or as simple pragmatic solutions, are always anchored in power relations and are therefore deeply ideological.A series of examples analysing technologies such as robotics, smart phones or bio-medicine, their functioning and uses, as well as their representations in the media, show that these are embedded within discourses that tell us about social and power relations, identities and political values. The book takes a tour of everyday technologies and how they are represented in different settings. A Disney theme park attraction showing how technology has improved family life makes many assumptions about what is natural in terms of interpersonal relations, pleasure and satisfaction. Advertisements that represent robot workers inform us about the kinds of worker-management relations now characterising work places. Roderick looks at the way that technologies, while often represented as divorced from their production and maintenance, as objects of wonder, need to be seen within a fabric of social relations that tends to be supressed from how we see them as part of a wider technological fetishism.Engaging with existing theories of technology, the book argues that we must take a more interdisciplinary approach to avoid the pitfalls of social constructivism and technological determinism. Our experiences of technologies are shaped through the relationship between knowledge, practices and institutional forms.

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Hybrid Urbanism On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment


Hybrid Urbanism: On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment By Nezar AlSayyad
2001 | 272 Pages | ISBN: 0275966127 | PDF | 21 MB
Despite strong forces toward globalization, much of late 20th century urbanism demonstrates a movement toward cultural differentiation. Such factors as ethnicity and religious and cultural heritages have led to the concept of hybridity as a shaper of identity. Challenging the common assumption that hybrid peoples create hybrid places and hybrid places house hybrid people, this book suggests that hybrid environments do not always accommodate pluralistic tendencies or multicultural practices. In contrast to the standard position that hybrid space results from the merger of two cultures, the book introduces the concept of a third place and argues for a more sophisticated understanding of the principal.In contributed chapters, the book provides case studies of the third place, enabling a comparative and transnational examination of the complexity of hybridity. The book is divided into two parts. Part one deals with pre-20th century examples of places that capture the intersection of modernity and hybridity. Part two considers equivalent sites in the late 20th century, demonstrating how hybridity has been a central feature of globalization.

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Tolerance Discourse and Young Adult Holocaust Literature Engaging Difference and Identity


Tolerance Discourse and Young Adult Holocaust Literature: Engaging Difference and Identity By Rachel Dean-Ruzicka
2017 | 214 Pages | ISBN: 1138820334 | PDF | 3 MB
What, exactly, does one mean when idealizing tolerance as a solution to cultural conflict? This book examines a wide range of young adult texts, both fiction and memoir, representing the experiences of young adults during WWII and the Holocaust. Author Rachel Dean-Ruzicka argues for a progressive reading of this literature. Tolerance Discourse and Young Adult Holocaust Literature contests the modern discourse of tolerance, encouraging educators and readers to more deeply engage with difference and identity when studying Holocaust texts. Young adult Holocaust literature is an important nexus for examining issues of identity and difference because it directly confronts systems of power, privilege, and personhood. The text delves into the wealth of material available and examines over forty books written for young readers on the Holocaust and, in the last chapter, neo-Nazism. The book also looks at representations of non-Jewish victims, such as the Romani, the disabled, and homosexuals. In addition to critical analysis of the texts, each chapter reads the discourses of tolerance and cosmopolitanism against present-day cultural contexts: ongoing debates regarding multicultural education, gay and lesbian rights, and neo-Nazi activities. The book addresses essential questions of tolerance and toleration that have not been otherwise considered in Holocaust studies or cultural studies of children’s literature.

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Born to be Criminal The Discourse on Criminality and the Practice of Punishment in Late Imperial Russia and Early Sovie


Riccardo Nicolosi, "Born to be Criminal: The Discourse on Criminality and the Practice of Punishment in Late Imperial Russia and Early Sovie"
English | ISBN: 3837641597 | 2018 | 252 pages | PDF | 2 MB
This collection of essays explores the continuities and disruptions in the perceptions of criminality, its causes and ways of fighting it in late imperial Russia and the early Soviet Union. It focuses on both the discourse on criminality and thus the conceptualisation of criminality in various disciplines (criminology, psychiatry, and literature), and penal practice, that is, different aspects of criminal law and anti-crime policy. Thus, the volume is markedly interdisciplinary, with authors representing a variety of approaches in history and literary studies, from social history to discourse analysis, from the history of sciences to text analysis.

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Impoliteness in Media Discourse (Interfaces)


Impoliteness in Media Discourse (Interfaces) By Anna Baczkowska (editor)
2017 | 258 Pages | ISBN: 3631645104 | PDF | 3 MB
The book presents the issue of impoliteness in media discourse found in television debates, films and computer-mediated communication. The phenomenon is viewed from different theoretical perspectives, namely prosody studies, corpus linguistics, media studies and audiovisual translation, neo-Gricean approaches, reception-oriented investigations and context-bound interpretations. Authors from ten different countries – Sweden, USA, Norway, New Zealand, Mexico, Georgia, France, Poland, India, and UAE – analyse data from nine languages – English, Swedish, Georgian, Polish, Arabic, Persian, French, Croatian and Montenegrin.

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Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe


A. Galasinska, M. Krzyzanowski, Micha? Krzy?anowski, "Discourse and Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe"
English | 2009 | ISBN: 134935600X, 0230521029 | PDF | pages: 257 | 4.5 mb
This volume explores the discursive nature of post-1989 social change in Central and Eastern Europe. Through a set of national case studies, the construction of post-communist transformation is explored from the point of view of accelerating and unique dynamics of linguistic and discursive practices.

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Leibniz Discourse on Metaphysics


Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, "Leibniz: Discourse on Metaphysics"
English | 2020 | pages: 199 | ISBN: 0198829043 | PDF | 1,0 mb
The Discourse on Metaphysics is one of Leibniz’s fundamental works. Written around January 1686, it is the most accomplished systematic expression of Leibniz’s philosophy in the 1680s, the period in which Leibniz’s philosophy reached maturity. Leibniz’s goal in the Discourse is to give a metaphysics for Christianity; that is, to provide the answers that he believes Christians should give to the basic metaphysical questions. Why does the world exist? What is the world like? What kinds of things exist? And what is the place of human beings in the world? To this purpose Leibniz discusses some of the most traditional topics of metaphysics, such as the nature of God, the purpose of God in creating the world, the nature of substance, the possibility of miracles, the nature of our knowledge, free will, and the justice behind salvation and damnation. This volume provides a new translation of the Discourse, complete with a critical introduction and a comprehensive philosophical

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Discourse Overthrowing Joe Biden


Discourse Overthrowing Joe Biden : Discourse Concerned about 2024, Democrats begin to circle a weakened and wounded president. But beyond Biden’s fate, bigger questions loom. by Chris .J. Jackson
English | 2022 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B0B7MYGFVF | EPUB | 0.11 Mb
Joe Biden is currently 19 months into his first term as president and seems to be the most ineffective of effectives. As a long-time watcher of such things, I can say that the speed and thoroughness of his political fall is unique, probably even in our country’s history. It appears as though the death scene that concluded a complex narrative took place 15 minutes into the picture. What on earth can we anticipate for the upcoming two hours? Similar to how Biden vanished into a tar pit of insignificance, the remaining two years or so before the 2024 presidential race have an ambiguous and opaque quality.

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