References on the Analysis of Discourses of Dissent

Karen Adams KLAdams at ASU.EDU
Thu Jun 17 19:03:48 UTC 2004


Here are some additional references to some of my work on opposition:

   1) Adams, Karen L. Deliberate Dispute and the Construction of Oppositional Stances. 1999. Pragmatics 9.2:231-    248.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

   2)-----    Democrats vs. Republicans vs. Others: the Construction of Major and Minor Identities. 1999. In J.    Verschueren, ed. Language and Ideology: Selected Papers from the 6th International Pragmatics Conference, 1-13. Antwerp, Belgium: International Pragmatics Association 

       3)  ----.   Creating 'To the Contrary Selves.' 1999. In C. Basham, S. Fiksdal & P. Rounds, eds. "Notion of     Person," Special issue of Language Sciences 21: 303-311. 

    4) Adams, K.L. and Anne Winter. Gang Graffiti as a Discourse Genre. 1997. Journal of Sociolinguistics 1.3:337-    360.  



 -----Original Message-----
From: Critical Discourse/Language/Communication Analysis [mailto:CRITICS-L at NIC.SURFNET.NL]On Behalf Of Teun A. van Dijk
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 5:02 AM
Subject: References on the Analysis of Discourses of Dissent

Dear friends,

A Mexican student asked my assistance in finding studies in CDA that do not focus on dominant discourse, but specifically analyse discourses of dissent, opposition or resistance. I agree with him that such CDA studies are less frequent than studies of dominant discourse, and would like to have your suggestions, from your own work of that of others, about some books and articles that specifically deal with this kind of perspective/data. 

Appended to this message I cite the studies I have found in my own Big Bibliography. But I guess there is much more and hope to have some suggestions from you. 

If you have suggestions to complete the list below, please post them on this list, because they might also be useful for other subscribers to Critics-L.

Thanks in advance. 

Best wishes



Teun A. van Dijk
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Departament de Traducció i Filologia
Rambla 30
08002 Barcelona

E-mail: teun at 



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