Discourse & social cognition

MUSTAFA HUSSAIN mustafa.hussain at GET2NET.DK
Wed Dec 4 20:46:53 UTC 2002

Although the 'cognitive approach' to discourse process and comprehension had always made sense to me as a sociologist who looked mostly at media discourses on ethnicity, there is not much literature I found in sociological literature on the subject. 
Apart from social psychology ( e.g. Martha Augoustinos and Iain Walker's Social Cognition) and the new-institutional theory in organisational sociology ( e.g. Paul DiMaggio; John Scott and others), there is very little to be found on   theory of social cognition - a sociology of perception and mind - in modern sociology with a direct reference to cognitive theory.  
I have recenetly come across a book by Havard sociologist, Eviatar Zerubavel ( Social Mindscapes - An inivitation to cognitive sociology) which I would warmly suggest to the students of inter-disciplinary, critical discourse analysis.
Best Regards
Mustafa Hussain, MPhil., sociologist

External Lecturer
Dept. of Social Science
University of Roskilde, Denmark. 
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