Date: 23-Feb-2009 From: Andy Nercessian <anercessianc-s-p.org> Subject: Critical Perspectives on Language and Discourse in the New World Order: Abdullah, Abdullah, Hoon (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Critical Perspectives on Language and Discourse in the New World Order
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Editor: Faiz Sathi Abdullah
Editor: Mardziah Hayati Abdullah
Editor: Tan Bee Hoon
Hardback: ISBN: 1847183409 9781847183408 Pages: 301 Price: U.K. £ 39.99
The papers in this book explore language use in a broad range of discourse fields. They provide theoretical perspectives on global orientations to social, political and economic transformations in the "New World Order" (NWO), and extend these with studies on the impacts of such transformations at the local, national, regional and global levels. The discussions highlight current concerns among academics and political commentators about the potential social impact of representations of the NWO in language and discourse. The present work is important in raising social consciousness towards the central role that language and discourse play in the construction of shifting/multiple identities. In this way, the roles of critical discourse analysis and indeed that of the analysts themselves are emancipative and socially transformative. The value of such consciousness-raising for potential social action in language user empowerment terms cannot be overstressed, particularly given the ascendant position of the English language in the NWO. This collection is a significant contribution to the ongoing critical discussion on global order discourse.