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The text as a critical object: on theorising exegetic procedure in classroom-based critical discourse analysis

O'Regan, JP; (2006) The text as a critical object: on theorising exegetic procedure in classroom-based critical discourse analysis. Critical Discourse Studies , 3 (2) pp. 179-209. 10.1080/17405900600908111. Green open access

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Abstract

One of the reasons why critical discourse analysis (CDA) calls itself critical is because its perspectives of discourse and society are derived largely from critical social theory. Transferring these perspectives to educational contexts requires that teachers develop workable pedagogic frameworks and procedures which apply CDA principles and practices to the reading and discussion of texts in the classroom. If these are to be considered ‘critical’, it seems useful that these are also derived from critical social theory. This type of critical theorisation seems to be underdeveloped in a CDA which relies principally on systemic functional linguistics for its procedural attitude to the text. This paper suggests a possible development of this space in which exegetic procedure and discussion are theorised from critical perspectives in the thought of Adorno, Derrida and Habermas, and according to systemic perspectives in the work of Foucault. The paper also presents a framework of analysis for use by teachers and students which is based on these perspectives.

Type: Article
Title: The text as a critical object: on theorising exegetic procedure in classroom-based critical discourse analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17405900600908111
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405900600908111
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Discourse Studies on 24 November 2006, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17405900600908111.
Keywords: critical discourse analysis, critical social theory, systemic functional linguistics, immanent critique, deconstruction, public sphere, power
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474355
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