Difference Between Discourse And Social Power Essays

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position in comparison with other academic work. Since CD analysts’ work are heavily replied on social, economic, political, culture motives, their analysis needs to not only take into consideration of these aspects, but they need to be explicit about their research position and interest (Van Dijk, 2001a, Wodak and Meyer, 2009, Van Dijk, 2001b). Sharing the same goal with Critical theory, CDA’s critical epistemic knowledge about the world helps and enables us as language users to be aware of and emancipate ourselves from any forms of dominances and power abuse through self-reflection. And that is one of the ultimate goals that CDA is created for (Wodak and Meyer, 2009)
CDA’s concepts on power and ideology
Again, as “one of the crucial tasks of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is to account for the relationship between discourse and social power” (Van Dijk, 1996:84), the issue of conceptualising ideology is crucial under CDA’s perspective. The ground for legitimate social power enactment and power abuse is nurtured through dominance ideology (Wodak and Meyer, 2009). Specifically, the power abuse is unchallenged when organisations or individuals “influence the ideology of the society think alike about certain matter, or even forget that there are alternative to the status quo” (Wodak and Meyer, 2009:08). In this regard, the tradition definition of ideology ‘as a coherent and relatively stable set of beliefs or values’ is redirected towards a negative connotation where power…

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