In the contemporary world, people are saying that language and discourse are now more important than ever before, and across the Humanities and Social Sciences, there has been a major ‘discursive/linguistic turn’. Instead of trying to identify the central, stable features that characterise different individuals, groups or ‘cultures’, researchers are now much more interested in trying to establish the ways in which language and discourse are used to construct cultural difference and social identity, both in face-to-face interaction and in public representations.
So this module looks at the debates about the role that language places in power, ideology, resistance and social change, and considers several major 20th century cultural theorists, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Erving Goffman.
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Prof. Ben Rampton
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(1) One 2-hour written exam (90%)
(2) 500 words of notes on research articles (5%)
(3) 200 word forum post (5%)
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