Critical discourse studies and social media data

Unger, Johann and Wodak, Ruth and Khosravinik, Majid (2016) Critical discourse studies and social media data. In: Qualitative Research. Sage, London. ISBN 9781446260159 (In Press)

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This chapter outlines key theoretical and methodological aspects of critical discourse studies (CDS) and suggests how they may be applied to social media data. After a brief overview of the main features of CDS, there is a discussion of what makes data in digitally mediated contexts different and interesting for researchers who adopt a critical perspective to social phenomena. Eight methodological steps from one approach to CDS, the discourse-historical approach, are presented with specific reference to how they can be applied to social media data. In the final part of the chapter, a case study analysing some aspects of the ‘life of protest movements’ (Arab Spring, Occupy) on Web 2.0 is used by way of illustration.

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Date of Acceptance: 01/09/2015
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social media ; critical discourse studies ; digital discourse ; context ; Facebook ; genre ; discourse-historical approach ; Twitter ; Flickr ; Tumblr ; Arab Spring ; Occupy ; multilingualism ; hegemony ; intertextuality ; recontextualisation ; interdiscursivity
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