Language and power norman fairclough on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers language and power is widely recognised both as a classic and an essential introductory textbook to the field of critical discourse analysis it focusses on how language functions in maintaining and changing power relations in modern society. Update 2005 the power of language march april 2002 is back by popular demand when we first published this article readers wrote in by the dozens intrigued by the power of speaking intentionally versus the potentially destructive force of careless speech. About language and power how language is used in institutions and how institutions generate language is a key concern of both sociolinguistics and social theory this readable and comprehensive introduction to language and power in institutions combines theoretical reflection with a strong analytical focus. Language and power was first published in 1989 and quickly established itself as a ground breaking book its popularity continues as an accessible introductory text to the field of discourse analysis focusing on how language functions in maintaining and changing power relations in modern society. The power of language not only means language in the service of power language can also undermine power and above all as language it possesses itself power of a very special kind the relation of language and power is ambivalent we have spoken in the first place of the power of language as the language of power
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