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Applying membership categorisation analysis to discourse: When the 'tripwire critique' is not enough

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter provides an outline of Membership Categorisation Analysis, exemplifies some of its applications, and argues for its significance for the agenda of critical discourse analysis. The chapter describes and illustrates the organisation of categories in everyday discourse, categorisation devices and their rules for application, and the relationship of categorisation practices to the interpretation of activities, features, and attributions. As part of these processes, the use of topic selections, list formations, and embedded stories in the assembly and interpretation of categories and features is also illustrated. We conclude by suggesting that the application of MCA is one alternative to the 'tripwire' approach to critique, which searches for allegedly tell-tale signs of unacceptable moral and ideological attitudes in the surface features of language. © 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Freiberg, J., & Freebody, P. (2009). Applying membership categorisation analysis to discourse: When the 'tripwire critique' is not enough. In Critical Discourse Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 49-64).

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781607413202

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866786039

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Critical Discourse Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 64

Abstract


  • This chapter provides an outline of Membership Categorisation Analysis, exemplifies some of its applications, and argues for its significance for the agenda of critical discourse analysis. The chapter describes and illustrates the organisation of categories in everyday discourse, categorisation devices and their rules for application, and the relationship of categorisation practices to the interpretation of activities, features, and attributions. As part of these processes, the use of topic selections, list formations, and embedded stories in the assembly and interpretation of categories and features is also illustrated. We conclude by suggesting that the application of MCA is one alternative to the 'tripwire' approach to critique, which searches for allegedly tell-tale signs of unacceptable moral and ideological attitudes in the surface features of language. © 2009 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Freiberg, J., & Freebody, P. (2009). Applying membership categorisation analysis to discourse: When the 'tripwire critique' is not enough. In Critical Discourse Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 49-64).

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781607413202

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866786039

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Critical Discourse Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 64