The product of text and 'Other' statements : discourse analysis and the critical use of Foucault

Graham, Linda J. (2011) The product of text and 'Other' statements : discourse analysis and the critical use of Foucault. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(6), pp. 663-674.

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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, p. 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 to methodological possibilities. Taking criticism of “Foucauldian” discourse analysis as a convenient point of departure to discuss the objectives of poststructural analyses of language, this paper develops what might be called a discursive analytic; a methodological plan to approach the analysis of discourses through the location of statements that function with constitutive effects.

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ID Code: 57520
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: The Power In/Of Language
Keywords: Foucault, critical discourse analysis, qualitative research, Judith Butler
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00698.x
ISSN: 0013-1857
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Author. Educational Philosophy and Theory © 2010 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2013 22:17
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 09:00

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