LINGUIST List 15.461

Wed Feb 4 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Mayr

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  1. palgravemacmillan, Prison Discourse: Mayr

Message 1: Prison Discourse: Mayr

Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 04:45:36 -0500 (EST)
From: palgravemacmillan <>
Subject: Prison Discourse: Mayr

Title: Prison Discourse
Subtitle: Language as a Means of Control and Resistance
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 
Book URL: 

Author: Andrea Mayr, Lecturer in the Department of German Language and
	Literature at Glasgow University

Hardback: ISBN: 0333993357, Pages: 272, Price: �50/$65


'An important contribution to interactional studies, Prison Discourse
demonstrates thorough and enlightening ways of interpreting the social
control in prisons. Andrea Mayr closely examines written texts and
classroom discussions, noting the word choices, phrase selections,
modalities, and interactive moves among inmates and officers.'
Patricia E. O'Connor, Associate Professor, Georgetown University

With unique and powerful data from within a big city prison, this book
clarifies the role that conversational analysis can have within a
Critical Discourse Analysis perspective. In a detailed linguistic
analysis of the language use of prison officers and prisoners involved
in a prison based course, the author charts the shifting power
relations of control and resistance and situates the findings in a
broader sociological analysis of the prison as an institution. The
study will interest sociolinguists, discourse analysts, and
researchers in communication studies, criminology and counselling.

Research Context, Methods and Data Collection
Critical Discourse Analysis and the Language of Social Control
Critical Discourse Analysis and the Study of Officer-Inmate
 Interaction: Social Control in Action
Resisting and Acquiescing in Social Control
Appendix I
Appendix II

Lingfield(s):	Sociolinguistics 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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