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Michel Pêcheux: Automatic Discourse Analysis

With contributions of Simone Bonnafous, Françoise Gadet, Paul Henry, Alain Lecomte, Jacqueline Léon, Denise Maldidier, Jean-Marie Marandin and Michel Plon


Michel Pêcheux

This volume offers the long-awaited overview of the work of the French philosopher and discourse analyst Michel Pêcheux, who was the leading figure in French discourse analysis until his death in 1983. The volume presents the first English publication of the work of Pêcheux and his coworkers on automatic discourse analysis. It is presented with extensive annotations and introductions, written by former colleagues such as Françoise Gadet, Paul Henry and Denise Maldidier. Outside France, French discourse analysis is almost exclusively known as the form of philosophical discourse presented by such authors as Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida. The contemporary empirical forms of French discourse analysis have not reached a wider public to the degree they deserve. Through its combination of original texts, annotations, and several introductory texts, this volume facilitates an evaluation of both results and weaknesses of French discourse analysis in general and of the work of Michel Pêcheux and his coworkers in particular.

Buddhism and Transgression

The Appropriation of Buddhism in the Contemporary West


Adrian Konik

If Buddhism is to remain relevant to the contemporary era, through providing effective solutions to the proliferating and protean discursive problems encountered by its present-day practitioners, it cannot continue to ignore the role of discourse in the formation of subjectivity. In the interest of problematizing such ‘ignorance,’ this book explores the potential interface between Foucaultian discourse analysis and the development of an indigenous rationale for the practice of contemporary Western Buddhism, along with the growing significance of such a rationale for ‘traditional’ Buddhism in an era dominated by disciplinary/bio-power. Through doing so, this book radically re-conceptualizes the role of Buddhism in the world today by linking Buddhist practice with acts of discursive transgression.

Sari Ung-Lanki

considered too large for discourse analysis. The purpose of editorials and commentaries is to cover ethical, social, commercial, and political aspects of research, alongside the scientific issues under consideration. By including them in the data, it is possible to some extent to avoid the difficulties

Baldassare Scolari

martyr of the state, the nation, the republic was able to emerge and spread quickly. Like Agamben, I understand secularization not as a concept but as a signature. Signature is a terminus technicus of discourse analysis. 39 It broadens the interpretative horizon, making it possible to observe

Peter Jones

Peter E. Jones Discourse and the Materialist Conception of History: Critical Comments on Critical Discourse Analysis Introduction 1 W h a t p l a c e d o e s t h e s t u d y a n d a n a l y s i s o f ‘discourse’ – that is, of the production and use of t e x t s ( s p o k e n , w r i t t e n , e

Elizabeth Aulette-Root

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156914910X487988 PGDT 9 (2010) 173-198 P E R S P E C T I V E S O N G L O B A L D E V E L O P M E N T A N D T E C H N O L O G Y Khomanani: Critical Discourse Analysis of South Africa State-Funded Publications on HIV Elizabeth

Lois Presser, Jennifer L. Schally and Christine Vossler

stated perspective on oneself (as compassionate) is surely an aspect of identity, it is too narrow in our view. We also self-identify in terms of our capacity to act. And avowals of one’s agency may not necessarily be explicit or mindful, though they are discoverable through discourse analysis. If, as

Steffen Bay Rasmussen

diplomacy, discourse analysis Introduction This is not an exercise in ‘national branding’; it is not ‘propaganda’, because we know that this does not work. It is the recognition of a fundamental shift, and especially so in relatively open societies, in how power, influence and decision-making have spread


Wyke Stommel

Online support groups are considered highly valuable in addition to traditional health care services, but we know very little about how people actually join such a group. This book offers a microanalysis of an online support group on eating disorders, specifically the communication through textual messages between newcomers and regular members and members’ nicknames. The study uses an ethnomethodological and conversation analytical approach to show that members of online support groups treat the group as a community in which their illness-identity is highly relevant. It appears that members invoke community norms regarding legitimacy for newcomers: Newcomers are expected to admit that they are ill, but this is a very difficult step for those who have not yet fully adopted the “sick role” (Parsons, 1951). In the field of eating disorders, it is particularly difficult for people that tend to pro-ana, i.e. the glamorization of eating disorders. The insecurity and anxiety that newcomers display as they enter the online group could probably be relieved when a special entry subforum would be installed in which they can take time and space to actually recognize that they are ill.

Joshua B. Hill and Julie Banks

with the use of animal terminology in the general population and its reflection of the inherent power dynamics that are at play when animal-language is used. While linguistic analysis is not new, there has been recent expansion of the analysis, in particular, in regards to discourse analysis (Encinas