The subject of interest in this book is the discourse produced by the former Malaysian Premier and UMNO President, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the years 1982-1996 at the UMNO General Assembly. The analysis adopts the concept of 'discourse as social practice' as advocated by critical discourse analysts.
The overall aim of the book is to examine how ideology and relations of power come into play in the formation of discourse. The objective is also to investigate the ways in which the texts are homogeneous or normative and how they are heterogeneous or creative from year to year. It is also aims to examine the social effects of the discourse on the multi-layered community, i.e. the immediate audience and the potentially larger one via the media; and in turn, how the effects may influence the texts produced in the following years.
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