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Textual politics : discourse and social dynamics /

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Texts record the meanings we make: in words, pictures and deeds, and politics chronicles our uses of power in shaping social relationships large and small. Textual politics is about meaning - the meaning we make with words and with the symbolic values of every object and action. The book begins with an introduction which discusses the relationship between discourse and the notions of power and ideology. These concepts are then applied to major issues: the social construction of class, gender and individuality; the rhetoric of polarizing social controversies (religious fundamentalism vs. gay rights); and the abuse of technical language in policy arguments (educational research vs. conservative politics). The book ends with chapters which extend the theory to processes of large-scale social change and apply it to the challenges facing education and political action in the new global information century.

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