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Materials in the library are organized by 'subject headings' - tags similar to hashtags. The subject headings below may contain materials of interest for this class. Click on a subject heading to browse available books.
This is an essential read for anyone interested in the way language is used in the world of politics. Based on Aristotle's premise that we are all political animals, able to use language to pursue our own ends, the book uses the theoretical framework of linguistics to explore the ways in which we think and behave politically. Contemporary and high profile case studies of politicians and other speakers are used, including an examination of the dangerous influence of a politician's words on the defendants in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial. International in its perspective, Analysing Political Discourse also considers the changing landscape of political language post-September 11, including the increasing use of religious imagery in the political discourse of, amongst others, George Bush. Written in a lively and engaging style, this book provides an essential introduction to political discourse analysis.
Gender Talk provides a powerful case for the application of discursive psychology and conversation analysis to feminism, guiding the reader through cutting edge debates and providing valuable evidence of the benefits of fine-grained, discursive methodologies. In particular, the book concentrates on discourse and conversation analysis, providing a full account of these methodologies through the detailed study of data from a variety of settings, including focus groups, interviews, and naturally occurring sources. Providing a thorough review of the relevant literature and recent research, this book demonstrates how discourse and conversation analysis can be applied to rework central feminist notions and concepts, ultimately revealing their full potential and relevance to other disciplines. Each chapter provides an overview of traditional feminist research and covers subjects including: * Sex differences in language: conversation and interruption * Reformulating context, power and asymmetry * Gender identity categories: masculinity and femininity. This unique and thought-provoking application of discursive and conversation analytic methodologies will be of interest to students and researchers in social psychology, sociology, gender studies and cultural studies.
Identity Technologies is a substantial contribution to the fields of autobiography studies, digital studies, and new media studies, exploring the many new modes of self-expression and self-fashioning that have arisen in conjunction with Web 2.0, social networking, and the increasing saturation of wireless communication devices in everyday life. This volume explores the various ways that individuals construct their identities on the Internet and offers historical perspectives on ways that technologies intersect with identity creation. Bringing together scholarship about the construction of the self by new and established authors from the fields of digital media and auto/biography studies, Identity Technologies presents new case studies and fresh theoretical questions emphasizing the methodological challenges inherent in scholarly attempts to account for and analyze the rise of identity technologies. The collection also includes an interview with Lauren Berlant on her use of blogs as research and writing tools.
Key Parts of an Academic Book
The 'frontmatter' is the first few pages of the book - usually including a page with the book title as well as the author and publisher's information. This information is most of what you'll need to write a citation.
Table of Contents
The Table of Contents (ToC) shows you where chapters begin and lists the author for each chapter, if the book has multiple authors.
Preface / Introduction
Many academic books have a preface and/or introduction. In these sections, the author gives you a preview of what the book says and explains why they wrote the book. The last section of an introduction is often a chapter-by-chapter preview of the book. Look here to figure out which chapter is most relevant to your research.
Depending on the kind of academic book, each chapter may have a different author. The author of a chapter will be listed on the first page of that chapter.
Notes are the 'expansion pack' for the book. Authors use the Notes section to provide additional detail, recommend further reading, or engage in side-arguments. Notes are important to understanding the nuance and context of a chapter.
The index is an alphabetical listing of topics addressed or referenced in the book. The index will often include the names of other authors cited in the text.