Official Discourse (Routledge Revivals): On Discourse Analysis, Government Publications, Ideology and the State

1st Edition

Frank Burton, Pat Carlen

Routledge
Published June 4, 2014
Reference - 146 Pages
ISBN 9780415814300 - CAT# Y145787
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

First published in 1979, Official Discourse is an unofficial report of theoretical investigations into a specific state of practice- the publication of reports of official inquiries into law, order and justice issues. The commissions, tribunals and committees of inquiry scrutinized in this book examine problems arising from wrongful imprisonment, police corruption, industrial picketing, and communal rioting and internment in Northern Ireland.

Focusing on the reasons why government reports take the form they do, the authors venture into the areas of linguistics, psychoanalysis and Marxism. The book is an exercise in discourse analysis, an exercise in theoretical work that looks at the relationships between theory and literary production, and a critique of official conceptions of law, order and justice.

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