Contradictions : Genre, causal layered analysis and analysis of institutional change

Graham, Philip W. & Canny, M. Leigh (2004) Contradictions : Genre, causal layered analysis and analysis of institutional change. In Inayatullah , S. (Ed.) The Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) Reader : Theory and Case Studies of an Integrative and Transformative Methodology. Tamkang University Press, Tamsui, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 209-224.

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In what follows, I put forward an argument for an analytical method for social science that operates at the level of genre. I argue that generic convergence, generic hybridity, and generic instability provide us with a powerful perspectives on changes in political, cultural, and economic relationships, most specifically at the level of institutions. Such a perspective can help us identify the transitional elements, relationships, and trajectories that define the place of our current system in history, thereby grounding our understanding of possible futures.1 In historically contextualising our present with this method, my concern is to indicate possibilities for the future. Systemic contradictions indicate possibility spaces within which systemic change must and will emerge. We live in a system currently dominated by many fully-expressed contradictions, and so in the presence of many possible futures. The contradictions of the current age are expressed most overtly in the public genres of power politics. Contemporary public policy—indeed politics in general-is an excellent focus for any investigation of possible futures, precisely because of its future-oriented function. It is overtly hortatory; it is designed ‘to get people to do things’ (Muntigl in press: 147). There is no point in trying to get people to do things in the past. Consequently, policy discourse is inherently oriented towards creating some future state of affairs (Graham in press), along with concomitant ways of being, knowing, representing, and acting (Fairclough 2000).

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ID Code: 29753
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Genre, Critical Discourse Analysis , Political economy of communication,, Futures Studies methods , Critical Media Studies
ISBN: 9579078858
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Graham and Canny
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remains with Tamkang University and Sohail Inayatullah; copyright in each chapter remains with the author of that chapter.
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2010 01:52
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