In additionto being an element in the Foucauldian perspective, power is an importantconcept in CDA in general, as CDA is used to analyze the language of people ina position of power. CDA is concerned with the way discourse creates dominancein society, i.e.
the power abuse over others, and the resistance of said powerby those people.At leastthree different approaches to power have been found:1. Power asa result of specific resources of individual actors.2.
Power asa specific attribute of social exchange in each interaction.3. Power asa systemic and constitutive element/characteristic of society. (Wodak &Meyer, 2008).In CDA, power is mostly perceived in the third way. This is because ofFoucault as well as the text in CDA being perceived as a demonstration ofsocial action.
Furthermore, CDA researchers do not always work withinteractional texts such as dialogues. As a result, the overall and generalfeatures that make up society are crucial for CDA analyses as opposed to theindividual resources and social situations. Power is vital for understandingthe dynamics and specifics of control in modern societies, although most of thetime it is invisible.
Fairclough and Wodak explained in 1991 and 1989,respectively, this relation between social power and language which is apermanent topic not only in CDA but also in sociology. Therefore, what definesCDA is its focus on power as an important feature in social life, as well asusing that in an effort to understand language. (ibid).Finally, power is about relations of difference, particularly in socialstructures. Social matters ensure that language is associated with social powerin a number of ways: language expresses power, and is involved where there isheated disagreement. Although, power does not necessarily derive from language,but language can be used to subvert it and alter distributions of power in theshort and the long term.
Language very well joins the differences in power insocial structures. (ibid).