CDA and values : interdisciplinarity as a critical turn

Graham, Philip W. (2000) CDA and values : interdisciplinarity as a critical turn. In Pre-IPRA workshop, 6th - 7th July, 2000, Department of Linguistics, University of Vienna.


From their very outset, the disciplines of social science have claimed a need for interdisciplinarity. Proponents of new disciplines have also claimed the whole of human activity as their domain, whilst simultaneously emphasising the need for increased specialisation. Critical social analysis attempts to repair the flaws of specialisation. In this chapter, I argue that the trend towards academic specialisation in social science is most usefully viewed from the perspective of evaluative meaning, and that each new discipline, in emphasising one aspect of a broken conception of humanity, necessarily emphasises one aspect of an already broken conception of value. Critical discourse analysis, qua critical social analysis, may therefore benefit by firstly proceeding from the perspective of evaluative meaning to understand the dynamics of social change and overcome the challenges posed by centuries of intensive specialisation in social science.

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ID Code: 43773
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 please consult the author
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2011 00:22
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2011 12:14

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