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Doing Discourse Research

Doing Discourse Research
An Introduction for Social Scientists

© 2013 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides an introduction to the basic principles of discourse research, offering practical research strategies for doing discourse analyses in the social sciences. The book includes guidance on developing a research question, selecting data and analyzing it, and presenting the results. The author has extensive practical experience in the field of discourse research and shows, throughout, how the methods suggested are compatible with numerous research questions and problems in sociology, cultural, political and social studies and related disciplines.
The Current Relevance of Discourse Research
Collective Orders of Knowledge and Discourses  
Approaches in Discourse Research
The History of the Term 'Discourse'  
Discourse Analysis  
Discourse Linguistics and (Corpus-based)  
Critical Discourse Analysis and Kritische Diskursanalyse  
Culturalist Discourse Research  
Discourse Theories  
Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse  
Further Disciplinary Developments  
The Research Process
General Foundations  
Doing Discourse Research
Getting Started  
The Exploration of the Field of Investigation  
Selection of Data  
Other Data Formats and Methods  
The Detailed Analysis of Data
The Situational and Material Nature of a Statement  
Formal and Linguistic-Rhetorical Structure  
The Interpretative Analytics of Contents  
From Detailed Analysis to Overall Results
From Utterances via Statements to Discourse and Beyond  
Interpretation and Presentation of Results  
Concluding Remarks

Keller's book is a very complete introduction to discourse theory and discourse analysis for social science postgraduates. After reading it, you are able to say: "with my research questions in mind, thís is the right discourse theory for me, and thís is the right approach to collect and analyse my data." It is rare to come across such a useful textbook, given the enormous variety of approaches to discourse research.
Sarah Scheepers
K.U. Leuven

This book on doing discourse research is fascinating and important. It brings the doing of research into a new realm through the use of a comprehensive investigative framework that lends itself to educational studies at a time when the widespread use of technology has pushed discourse into new forms of analysis.
Linda M. Phillips
University of Alberta


This book is a definite asset for qualitative researchers who plan to use discourse research methodology. One unique feature is an expansive review of philosophers and discourse experts beyond the usual array of European leaders...In summary, qualitative researchers seeking a philosophically grounded introduction to discourse analysis and discourse researchers alike will benefit from reading this book. It offers rich and varied insights about discourse from philosophical, conceptual, linguistic foundations as a starting point for discourse analysis.

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy
University of Washinghton Tacoma

Recent decades have witnessed a growing interest in the study of discourse in a wide range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities... In this volume, Keller succeeds in providing a timely and succinct introduction to the basic principles and practical research strategies in discourse studies.

Song Guo, School of Foreign Languages, Tianjin University of Commerce, P.R. China
Discourse Studies

Extremely useful introduction to discourse analysis. Especially the Critical Discourse Analysis I consider to be a very fruitful methodical approach - also beyond Social Sciences, i.e. in Humanities.

Professor Xenia Zeiler
Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki
May 27, 2016

A convincing hands-on, yet theoretically sophisticated textbook.

Dr Christian Dayé
Sociology , University of Graz
October 18, 2016

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