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Discourse Analysis
Investigating Processes of Social Construction



© 2002 | 104 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
'Very clear, comprehensive, yet concise'

`This well-written book is a must for scholars embarking on discourse analysis - it is as valuable to health scientists as it is to social scientists. It translates the dense writings on this topic into a workable research method, and shows the exciting possibilities of an approach that helps us to reflect on how we, as individuals are socially constituted' - Nurse Researcher

Discourse Analysis: Investigating Processes of Social Construction provides a concise, straightforward guide for students and researchers who are interested in understanding and using discourse analysis. Addressed to graduate students, academics and experienced researchers, this book is a comprehensive guide for those new to discourse analysis as well as for researchers in need of a complement to other modes of inquiry.

 
Preface
 
1. What is Discourse Analysis?
Defining Discourse Analysis  
Reasons for Using Discourse Analysis  
What Lies Ahead  
 
2. The Variety of Discourse Analysis
Theoretical Perspectives in Dscourse Analysis  
Empirical Studies in Discourse Analysis  
A Useful Methodology  
 
3. Our Research Program
Studying Identity  
Revitalizing Our Critical Approach  
A New Perspective on Exsisting Theoretical Debates  
Why We Use Discourse Analysis  
 
4. The Challenges of Discourse Analysis
Developing a Research Question  
Selecting a Site  
Collecting Data  
Analyzing the Data  
Writing Up the Study  
Make It Interesting  
 
5. Conclusions
Contributions  
Challenges  
On a Personal Note  
 
References
 
About the Authors

“The authors have successfully achieved their intent: to produce a short, readable guide to discourse analysis. The book is suitable for doctoral students, academics and researchers wishing to understand the basics of discourse analysis. As a doctoral student, I found it a helpful overview of the current debates and practices surrounding this potentially daunting methodology.

The book is the 50th volume in the Sage Series on Qualitative Research Methods. It is a short guide on the theoretical background, empirical use and practical application of discourse theory. At only 97 pages including bibliography, it is an accessible, yet content-rich overview of discourse theory. As I am new to discourse analysis, I found chapters one (a definition and rationale for discourse analysis), two ( the theory and practical examples of discourse analysis) and four (how to conduct research using discourse analysis) the most useful. These chapters provide clear and practical information on why and how to use discourse theory in research. Chapters three is a reflection by the authors on their use of discourse theory in various project. It is useful in understanding the range of research questions and organizations that can be studied using this technique. Chapter 5, the conclusion, has a useful table describing how reflexivity should be applied in discourse analysis and points the way for new directions in using discourse analysis. 

The strengths of the book include an extensive bibliography, helpful for those readers in search of disciplines and projects which use discourse analysis: for example, psychology, political science, business and management and environment studies.

The weakness is that the authors argue that discourse analysis contributes to the plurality of research methods; however, it is hard to see how the requirement for a social constructivist philosophy  would fit alongside a positivist philosophy, in a quantitative analysis, for example, in a mixed methods study.

In summary, this book is an essential starting point for anyone considering using this technique, which is well established in the UK, although less so in the USA. The authors must be applauded on this interesting and elegant introduction to a powerful technique.”

Udeni Salmon
Salford University
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The authors have successfully achieved their intent: to produce a short, readable guide to discourse analysis. The book is suitable for doctoral students, academics and researchers wishing to understand the basics of discourse analysis. As a doctoral student, I found it a helpful overview of the current debates and practices surrounding this potentially daunting methodology.
The book is the 50th volume in the Sage Series on Qualitative Research Methods. It is a short guide on the theoretical background, empirical use and practical application of discourse theory. At only 97 pages including bibliography, it is an accessible, yet content-rich overview of discourse theory. As someone new to discourse analysis, I found Chapters one (a definition and rationale for discourse analysis), two ( the theory and practical examples of discourse analysis) and four (how to conduct research using discourse analysis) the most useful. These chapters provide clear and practical information on why and how to use discourse theory in research. Chapter 3 is a reflection by the authors on their use of discourse theory in various project, and it is useful in understanding the range of research questions and organisations available to researchers. Chapter 5, the conclusion, has a useful table describing how reflexivity should be applied in discourse analysis and points the way for new directions in using discourse analysis.
The strengths of the book include an extensive bibliography, helpful for those readers in search of disciplines and projects which use discourse analysis: for example, psychology, political science, business and management and environment studies.
The weakness is that the authors argue that discourse analysis contributes to the plurality of research methods; however, it is hard to see how the requirement for a social constructivist philosophy would fit alongside a positivist philosophy, in a quantitative analysis, for example, in a mixed methods study.
In summary, this book is an essential starting point for anyone considering using this technique, which is well established in the UK, although less so in the USA. The authors must be applauded on this interesting and elegant introduction to a powerful technique.

Mrs Udeni Salmon
Salford Business School, Salford University
September 30, 2016

what a fantastic introduction in using discourse analysis! it touches on various aspects that may arise when using discourse analysis and how the researcher should approach one's inquiry when utilizing this particular methods.

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
February 29, 2016

I would certainly recommend this user friendly text on discourse analysis.

Mrs Moyra Journeaux
Dept of Health & Social Care, Chester University
July 2, 2015

Discourse analysis is a subject that needs to have clear direction as to how it can be developed for a student to understand its benefits. This book offers such advice and provides a clear structure to the use of discourse analysis

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
December 10, 2014

Possibly the clearest introduction to discourse analysis that I have come across in a while. Surprisingly jargon-free, and paying attention to several traditions within the broad field of discourse analysis. A bit more on the critical strands of discourse analysis would have made this text even better. But still a definite recommended reading for courses on qualitative research methods.

Dr Roberto Roccu
Department of European Studies, King's College London
November 22, 2013

The 2 first chapters were adopted as required reader for the module. It was a short but quite good introduction to discourse analysis.

Dr Maria Adamson
Essex Business School, Essex University
December 16, 2011

A valuable resource for students undertaking research where the discursive nature of language is considered.

Dr Laetitia Zeeman
Nursing , Brighton University
October 16, 2009

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