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Wed 24 Oct, Wed 31 Oct 2018
13:30 - 15:00

Venue: 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1

Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis

Wed 24 Oct, Wed 31 Oct 2018


The focus of these two sessions will be the linking of theory to method, paying particular attention to the relationship between language or other forms of representation or communication and the broader social milieu with special attention to power relations. The topic will be approached from a broadly Foucauldian angle: Foucault writes that discourse “consists of not—of no longer—treating discourses as groups of signs signifying elements referring to contents of representations, but as practices that systematically form the objects of which they speak.” The emphasis of these two lectures will be less upon what is known as ‘conversation analysis’ or ‘content analysis’ and more on methods based on post-positivist methods and critical theory which emphasize how language and other social practices create reality rather than reflect it, and thus methods of interpreting discourse are themselves not ideologically or politically neutral practices.

Session 1: The origins of critical discourse analysis (the Frankfurt school, Foucault, post-structuralism, feminism); how theoretical backgrounds shape research design
Session 2: 'Doing' discourse analysis: analysing methods and approaches


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 24 Oct 2018   13:30 - 15:00 13:30 - 15:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Dr. Lauren Wilcox
2 Wed 31 Oct 2018   13:30 - 15:00 13:30 - 15:00 8 Mill Lane, Lecture Room 1 map Dr. Lauren Wilcox
Suggested reading
  • Carol Cohn, “Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals”, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol. 12, no. 4 (Summer 1987)
  • Lene Hansen, “Gender, Nation, Rape: Bosnia and the Construction of Security,” International Feminist Journal of Politics. Vol 3. Issue 1 (2000).
  • Nancy Fraser and Linda Gordon, “A Genealogy of Dependency” A Genealogy of Dependency: Tracing a Keyword of the U.S. Welfare State,” Signs: Journal of Women, Culture and Society, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Winter, 1994).
  • Selchow, Sabine. “The Drones of Others: An Insight into Imagination of UAVs in Germany. Behemoth – A Journal on Civilisation, 8 (2). pp. 55-72.

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