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Discourse Analysis and the Critical Use of Foucault

Graham, Linda J. (2005) Discourse Analysis and the Critical Use of Foucault. In The Australian Association of Research in Education Annual Conference, 27th November - 1st December 2005, Parramatta, Sydney. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Much has been written on Michel Foucault’s reluctance to clearly delineate a research method, particularly with respect to genealogy (Harwood, 2000; Meadmore, Hatcher, & McWilliam, 2000; Tamboukou, 1999). Foucault (1994: 288) himself disliked prescription stating, "I take care not to dictate how things should be" and wrote provocatively to disrupt equilibrium and certainty, so that "all those who speak for others or to others" no longer know what to do. It is doubtful, however, that Foucault ever intended for researchers to be stricken by that malaise to the point of being unwilling to make an intellectual commitment in outlining methodological possibilities. The aim of this paper is to develop what might be called a discursive analytic from Foucault’s work and related poststructural writings in order to provide this researcher with a clear doctoral itinerary but also to do others the courtesy of leaving a clearly identifiable trail.

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ID Code: 2689
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Discourse analysis, Foucault, critical discourse analysis, poststructural methodology, ADHD, disruptive behaviour disorder, pedagogical and psychological discourse
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:28

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