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Rhetoric, Discourse and Knowledge

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Maria Załęska and Urszula Okulska

The authors of this volume explore rhetorical and discursive strategies used to negotiate and establish legitimate knowledge and its disciplinary boundaries, to make scientific knowledge interesting outside academic settings as well, and to manage (c)overt knowledge in different social and political contexts. The volume focuses on the cultural concept of knowledge society, examining diverse linguistic means of knowledge transmission from the perspective of the complex interplay between knowledge and persuasion. The contributors discuss both sociological and philosophical issues, as well as textual processes in different genres that aim to communicate knowledge.

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Knowledge and Power through Discourse and how to gain insights into rhetorical strategies through linguistic analysis – despite Foucault (Paul Danler)

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Paul Danler

University of Innsbruck

Knowledge and Power through Discourse and how to gain insights into rhetorical strategies through linguistic analysis – despite Foucault

Abstract: Distinguishing the notions of knowledge, power and discourse in Foucault’s ‘discourse analysis’ from those in ‘linguistic discourse analysis,’ the author shows how some of Foucaultian ideas on discourse may be enriched, or even completed, by the rigorous application of concepts from traditional discourse analysis, including the rhetorical approach.

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