Bringing together papers written by Norman Fairclough over a 25 year period, Critical Discourse Analysis represents a comprehensive and important contribution to the development of this popular field.


The book is divided into seven sections covering the following themes:


  • language in relation to ideology and power
  • discourse in processes of social and cultural change
  • dialectics of discourse, dialectical relations between discourse and other moments of social life
  • methodology of critical discourse analysis research
  • analysis of political discourse
  • discourse in globalisation and ‘transition’
  • critical language awareness in education


The new edition has been extensively revised and enlarged to include a total of twenty two papers. It will be of value to researchers in the subject and should prove essential reading for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in Linguistics and other areas of social science.



chapter |21 pages

General introduction

ByNorman Fairclough

part Section A|61 pages

Language, ideology and power

chapter 1|26 pages

Critical and descriptive goals in discourse analysis

ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 2|13 pages

Language and ideology

ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 3|15 pages

Semiosis, ideology and mediation. A dialectical view

ByNorman Fairclough

part Section B|75 pages

Discourse and sociocultural change

chapter 5|20 pages

Discourse, change and hegemony

ByNorman Fairclough

chapter |14 pages

Ideology and identity change in political television1

ByNorman Fairclough

part Section C|62 pages

Dialectics of discourse

chapter 7|35 pages

Discourse, social theory, and social research

The discourse of welfare reform
ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 8|21 pages

Critical realism and semiosis

ByNorman Fairclough, Bob Jessop, Andrew Sayer

part Section D|151 pages

Methodology in CDA research

chapter 11|20 pages

Critical discourse analysis in researching language in the new capitalism

Overdetermination, transdisciplinarity and textual analysis 1
ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 12|46 pages

Marx as a critical discourse analyst

The genesis of a critical method and its relevance to the critique of global capital
ByNorman Fairclough, Phil Graham

part Section E|74 pages

Political discourse

chapter 14|12 pages

New Labour

A language perspective 1
ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 16|25 pages

Critical discourse analysis and citizenship

ByNorman Fairclough, Simon Pardoe, Bronislaw Szerszynski

chapter 17|12 pages

‘Political correctness'

The politics of culture and language
ByNorman Fairclough

part Section F|78 pages

Globalisation and ‘transition'

chapter 18|24 pages

Language and globalisation

ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 19|25 pages

Global capitalism, terrorism and war

A discourse-analytical perspective
ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 20|24 pages

Discourse and ‘transition' in Central and Eastern Europe

ByNorman Fairclough

part Section G|31 pages

Language and education

chapter 21|13 pages

Critical language awareness and self-identity in education1

ByNorman Fairclough

chapter 22|14 pages

Global capitalism and critical awareness of language

ByNorman Fairclough