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On the Discourse of Social Science

Wignell, Peter F. (2007). On the Discourse of Social Science. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Author Wignell, Peter F.
Title On the Discourse of Social Science
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2007
ISBN 9780980292350   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 254
Language English
Field of Research 2004 - Linguistics
1399 - Other Education
1699 - Other Studies in Human Society
Abstract This book uses the theory and analytical tools of Systemic Functional Linguistics to examine the discourse of social science from two perspectives. First the prototypical discourse patterns of undergraduate textbooks in the disciplines of Economics, Sociology and Political Science are analysed. The rationale for this analysis is to show how the current orthodoxy of the disciplines is constructed. Second, the book considers the evolution of the discourse patterns of social science. It does this by examining canonical works from the history of the social sciences. As a contrast works from the humanities discipline of moral philosophy from the same time scale are analysed. It is argued that the discourse of the social sciences evolved as a kind of hybrid of the discourses of the humanities and the physical sciences. At the time of writing, Peter Wignell was a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Faculty of Education, Health and Science at Charles Darwin University. One of Peter's main research interests in the role of language in the creation of specialised knowledge.
Keyword Language
Politics and Society
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