Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

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Dr John Richardson BSc (Hons); PhD (Sheffield)

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Reader in Critical Discourse Studies.

My main research interests revolve around social inequalities and language use, and the ways that these interact with and affect each other. I work within a field of research known as Critical Discourse Studies. We argue that because language use contributes to the production and the reproduction of social life, logically, it must play a part in producing and reproducing social inequalities. Critical Discourse Analysts aim to show how this occurs, thereby linking social and linguistic analysis.

I am the Editor of the international peer review journal, Critical Discourse Studies

Critical Discourse Studies; Discourse Historic Analysis; the discourse of British fascism; political propaganda, particularly leaflets; race, racism and journalism; social class and mass media; music and politics; rhetoric and argumentation; visual arguments; Pragma-Dialectical Argumentation

From February 2017 I will be a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow, analysing British Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration since 2001. I will be focusing on the mass mediation of HMD and the ways that ordinary people engage with HMD. 

SSA301 Introduction to CMS: The Press

SSA3?? Introduction to Critical Viewings

SSB317 Critical Viewings: Film

SSC318 Researching Communications, 3: Dissertation

SSP503 Textual Analysis

SSP317 Production and Reception Analysis