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Title: Discourse, Technology and Change
Written By: Brenton Faber
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=160669&SearchType=Basic
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Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text. "Discourse, Technology and Change" presents a detailed analysis of discourses that initiate, enable, and stabilise social change in organizational contexts. The book examines the function of written discourse within this setting to examine the dynamic relationships between writing, technology, and socio-cultural change. Focusing on everyday texts used to create technical and social change, the book offers a detailed study of the intersections of discourse, technology and persuasion illustrated through an empirical case study of technological change in an academic institution. The book seriously engages the claim that texts dually construct and reflect social networks and social action. Working at both the micro and macro textual level, the book examines the functions of change discourse, providing a framework for understanding how change is constituted within social networks. This cutting-edge monograph will be of interest to academics researching discourse analysis and applied linguistics. "This work is going to be important both as an analysis and as a model for how this sort of analysis should be done." Professor Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas at Austin, USA Contents: 1. Writing Research and Social Change \\ 2. Theoretical Intersections: Discourse Technologies and Autonomous Change \\ 3. Discourse/technology: Heterogeneous Narratives \\ 4. Discourse, Stability, and Change \\ 5. Migrations and Conversions \\ 6. Linguistic Politeness in Technologized Means \\ 7. Conclusion: Change Studies \\ Bibliography \\ Index

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 144110593X
ISBN-13: 9781441105936
Pages: 216
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99