We understand from Gee that a Discourse may be primary, secondary, dominant, or non-dominant. Where do you locate your chosen Discourse in that framework? In your response, engage with a specific passage from Gee that defines/explains that kind of Discourse and attempt to provide some evidence (from your artifacts) to support your interpretation. If no single category fits, might you have a Discourse we might consider “hybrid”? Might that enable you to ADD TO or CHALLENGE Gee’s categories? Consider this PARAGRAPH A. (30-45 minutes)
In the Discourse of ShopRite, their is so much that can be compared to Gee. ShopRite can be seen as a Dominant Secondary. ShopRite has so much room to grow and a great place for anyone to work and start a life. With the help of the employee handbook, a telephone interview with the store manager, and a cashier test which is given to every person after training to become a cashier, anyone will be able to enter the ShopRite Discourse with ease. When thinking about Primary and Secondary Discourse, ShopRite can be a Primary and Secondary Discourse for some people while for me it is only a Secondary Discourse. Some evidence that the ShopRite Discourse is a Dominant Secondary Discourse because you gain social goods and wealth, by earning a weekly paycheck. You also earn a status while in the Discourse. Starting at an entry level position as a bagger and then moving your way to cashier and eventually leaving the Front End to an easier department such as Grocery, Produce, or Shop from Home. Also the ShopRite Discourse provides with connections under the Local 1262 Banner and you 1 of 30,000 members in the UFCW Union and you become a family within your department and store.
Gee defines Discourses as “saying (writing)-doing-being-valuing-believing combinations” (6). Look at the building tasks and notice the following: pieces of language are the “saying (writing)” part. In a combination, that part gets linked with other parts. So, we have saying-doing, saying-being, saying-valuing, saying-believing. Many of these parts are captured by individual building tasks. In Discourse analysis, the researcher uses the “pieces of language” (saying/writing) to help reveal the other components of the Discourse. Choose at least one part of the combination (doing, being, valuing, believing) and use the data from the relevant portion of your worksheets to help write about the relationship you find between the saying/writing and the part you have chosen. (Hint: a saying-doing combination is probably located in the Practices (activities) part of the building tasks worksheet.) Consider this PARAGRAPH B. (30-60 minutes)
Doing the ShopRite Discourse is the most complex and most fulfilling way to enter and become part of the Discourse. Saying and Writing is much more different than the actual doing. Saying has some part to it but the most part would be the doing. there is now writing involved in this discourse except for a very small part. Still very confused on this second part of the assignment.