Discourse & Society

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Discourse & Society  
Discourse and Society journal front cover.jpg
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discourse Soc.
Discipline Discourse analysis
Language English
Edited by Teun A. van Dijk
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Bimonthly
ISSN 0957-9265 (print)
1460-3624 (web)
LCCN 91650382
OCLC no. 38526133

Discourse & Society is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal that covers the field of discourse analysis, established in 1990 by Teun A. van Dijk. It focuses on explicit theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction or communication, on the one hand, and social, political or cultural micro- and macrostructures, and cognitive social representations, on the other.


The journal specifically, but not exclusively, covers the area of critical discourse analysis (or critical discourse studies) focusing on the ways discourse plays a role in the reproduction of power abuse in society. Topics that are regularly covered in the journal include racist, nationalist, and sexist discourse, for instance in politics, the mass media, and textbooks. Articles on any topic in discourse studies, and particularly also in conversation analysis, are published in the sister journal, Discourse Studies, and articles focusing on the interdisciplinary field of discourse and communication studies are published in the other sister journal, Discourse & Communication.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

Discourse & Society is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2010 impact factor is 1.032, ranking it 41st out of 129 in the category "Sociology", 63rd out of 120 in the category "Psychology, Multidisciplinary", and 23rd out of 67 in the category "Communication".

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