Research Committee Language and Society

Language and Society has something uniquely important to contribute to sociology through insights into the production of culture, knowledge and power. Working with language broadly construed as systems of representation, we actively cultivate a strong multinational, cross-disciplinary membership and currently have members working in areas of:

  • Analytical frameworks
  • Conversation Analysis
  • CDA
  • Deconstruction
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
  • Linguistics
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Poststructural Discourse Analysis
  • Rhetoric
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Symbolic Interaction

Our members offer varied and important insights into the subtle mechanisms of inequality, oppression, resistance, and more generally into the systematic organization of daily life. Areas include:

  • Race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, multiculturalism, health, the body, identity and subjectivity
  • Sociology of culture, cultural studies, media, law, education, technology, inequalities, power, privilege, social justice, and governmentality
  • Globalization, migration, human rights, postcoloniality, development, terrorism, democracy, and national securities