LINGUIST List 31.3492

Thu Nov 12 2020

Books: Language as Symbolic Power: Kramsch

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Date: 04-Nov-2020
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Subject: Language as Symbolic Power: Kramsch
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Title: Language as Symbolic Power
Series Title: Key Topics in Applied Linguistics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Claire Kramsch
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108873598 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 24.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108835862 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108798891 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108798891 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99

Language is not simply a tool for communication - symbolic power struggles underlie any speech act, discourse move, or verbal interaction, be it in face-to-face conversations, online tweets or political debates. This book provides a clear and accessible introduction to the topic of language and power from an applied linguistics perspective. It is clearly split into three sections: the power of symbolic representation, the power of symbolic action and the power to create symbolic reality. It draws upon a wide range of existing work by philosophers, sociolinguists, sociologists and applied linguists, and includes current real-world examples, to provide a fresh insight into a topic that is of particular significance and interest in the current political climate and in our increasingly digital age. The book shows the workings of language as symbolic power in educational, social, cultural and political settings and discusses ways to respond to and even resist symbolic violence.

Part I. The Power of Symbolic Representation:
1. 'I speak therefore I am'
2. The politics of representation
3. Narratives of power: the power of narrative
Part II. The Power of Symbolic Action:
4. 'I do things with words, therefore I am'
5. From symbolic power to symbolic violence
6. When symbolic violence becomes symbolic warfare
Part III. The Power to Create Symbolic Reality:
7. 'I am seen and talked about, therefore I am'
8. Language as symbolic power in the digital age
9. Engaging with symbolic power: responding to symbolic violence

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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