Adding a new introduction and two previously unpubished papers, "Discourse
and Practice: New Tools for Critical Discourse Analysis" brings together
Van Leeuwen's methodological work on discourse analysis of the last 15
years. Discourse, van Leeuwen argues, is a resource for representation, a
knowledge about some aspect of reality which can be drawn upon when that
aspect of reality has been represented, a framework for making sense of
things. And they are plural. There can be different discourses, different
ways of making sense of the same aspect of reality that serve different
interests and will therefore be used in different social contexts.
However abstract some discourses are, discourses ultimately always
represent doings, Van Leeuwen argues. Doing is the foundation of knowing,
and social practices are the foundation of discourses. Studying children's
books, newspaper reports, brochures, and other texts as well as photographs
and children's toys, Van Leeuwen investigates what can happen when
practices are transformed into discourses and provides analytical tools for
reconstructing discourses from texts.
Throughout the book, Van Leeuwen makes connections between sociological and
linguistic or semiotic concepts and methods to ensure the social and
critical relevance of his analytical categories. Van Leeuwen's work has
already been widely used by critical discourse analysts across the world.
This volume will be a welcome guide for anyone looking for a form of
discourse analysis that is both explicit and methodical, and critically