Discourse Analysis: varieties and methods

Glynos, Jason and Howarth, David and Norval, Aletta and Speed, Ewen (2009) Discourse Analysis: varieties and methods. Discussion Paper. NCRM. (Unpublished)

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Abstract This paper presents and analyses six key approaches to discourse analysis, including political discourse theory, rhetorical political analysis, the discourse historical approach in critical discourse analysis, interpretive policy analysis, discursive psychology and Q methodology. It highlights differences and similarities between the approaches along three distinctive dimensions, namely, ontology, focus and purpose. Our analysis reveals the difficulty of arriving at a fundamental matrix of dimensions which would satisfactorily allow one to organize all approaches in a coherent theoretical framework. However, it does not preclude various theoretical articulations between the different approaches, provided one takes a problem-driven approach to social science as one’s starting-point.

Item Type:Working Paper (Discussion Paper)
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.1 Epistemology
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.1 Discourse Analysis
ID Code:796
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:26 Aug 2009 12:32
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:41

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