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Title: Power Without Domination
Subtitle: Dialogism and the empowering property of communication
Edited By: Eric Grillo
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 12

The volume provides a multidisciplinary approach of the discursive
dimension of power. It challenges the usual conception of discourse and
power that underlies most of the current theories in contemporary discourse
analysis, and shows that it is unsatisfying in so far as it reduces power
to domination and discourse to power technology. In opposition to such a
conception, an alternative model of power-in-discourse is constructed. It
is called "Dialogical Model" in accordance with its being grounded in a
dialogical conception of discourse that naturally leads to a participative
conception of power (as empowerment). Part One provides the DM with
theoretical and philosophical foundations, while Part Two affords empirical
evidence by applying the DM to such typical situations as journalistic
discourse under censorship, classroom sessions, and children interaction in
a problem-solving situation.


Table of contents

Part I. Discourse and Power in Dialogical Perspective: Theoretical Foundations

1. Two dogmas of discourse analysis
Eric Grillo 3–41

2. "Discussion as a war ?": Metaphor and/in discourse – From semantics to
Guy Achard-Bayle 43–84

3. Euphemism and cooperation in discourse
Ana Margarida Abrantes 85–103

Part II. Dialogical Constraints on Verbal Interaction: In Search of
Empirical Evidence

4. Pragmatic goals and communicative strategies in journalistic discourse
under censorship
Lioudmila Savinitch 107–137

5. Read me that Sentence: From social and methodological conceptions to the
real exercise of power relations in the classroom
Maria Filomena Capucho 139–160

6. Power and knowledge: How can rationality emerge from children’s
interactions in a problem-solving situation?
Christine Sorsana and Michel Musiol 161–221


Eric Grillo 223–237

Index 239–246

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116085
ISBN-13: 9781588116086
Pages: xviii, 247
Prices: U.S. $ 149
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227020
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xviii, 247
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00