Critical Discourse Analysis

Jan Blommeart is an Africanist, ethnographer, and synergistic critical discourse analyst. Taking the terms in reverse:
Discourse &emdash; “language in society”, not just language use but also the sum of communicative acts, and these acts situated in context.
Critical &emdash; the performance of analyses that “expose and critique existing wrongs in one’s society &emdash; analyses that should be ‘brought home’” (4).
Synergistic &emdash; drawing from multiple sources, e.g., Hymes, Fairclough, Bauman, Bernstein, Bourdieu, Wallerstein, Bahktin, Foucault, Habermas, Hall, Hanks, Scollon. He particularly notes Norman Fairclough, British Cultural Studies (the Birmingham School), and French poststructuralism (23).
Ethnography &emdash; “an approach in which the analysis of small phenomena is set against an analysis of big phenomena . . . and both . . . can only be understood in terms of one another” (16).
An Africanist perspective: “in the age of globalization, it is worth having a look at materials from the peripheries of the world system” (20).
The central problem of this approach is to locate the relationship between a text (the microsocial) and its context (the macrosocial).

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prepping for a presentation *sigh*

Here’s a great site on Atlanticism, mentioned as an ideological competitor with pan-Europeanism.
I’m psyched by the articles I’m assigned, but also by the piece by Susan Strange (our version is from The Global Transformations Reader).
If you didn’t read this as an argument for how to think about the conference we’re trying to organize (!) let me say a few words about social metonymy! 🙂

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Althusser v habermas?

We (thankfully) postponed Habermas for a week, and I’m trying to prep for Mass Comm this afternoon – have finished Gramsci and now onto Althusser, which I did read before (last year, Li gave it to me thinking it might relate to the mentoring project, hmmmm. 🙂
There’s a section here that has me thinking back on the private-public debate between me and Stephen (last entry February 21).
Althusser writes: “The distinction between the public and the private is a distinction internal to bourgeois law, and valid in the (subordinate) domains in which bourgeois law exercises its ‘authority'” (1971, 137).

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re-invention

Liminality. Who will I be? Who do I want to be?
In LinguaMoo I want to be rewind. (I wanted to be endless reflexivity but it wouldn’t accept that – I think I needed an underscore. Oh well. rewind is better.)
In pmc2 – a different space. How do these relate to each other? LinguaMoo is e-theory…experimentation and application of/with theory (or so I gather…)
pmc2 is … for play? Or, perhaps, for plurking? (although I wager such is welcome in LinguaMoo, too).

mobile personality

I’m kinda liking this Lerner dude’s take on the evolution of subjectivity through modernization. Seems to me like a way of describing factors that go into the construction of a post-structural self – one that is adaptable to both deep structure (say, culture) and structure more palpable to perception (such as microsocial interaction).

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