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Discourse research

Taylor, Stephanie (2019). Discourse research. In: Atkinson, Paul A.; Delamont, Sara; Hardy, Melissa A. and Williams, Malcolm eds. The Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods. Sage, (In Press).

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Abstract

Discourse research encompasses a range of theoretical and disciplinary traditions, including approaches based in Michel Foucault's theoretical writing, sociolinguistic approaches, critical discourse analysis (CDA), conversation analysis (CA), and discourse analysis in social psychology. The specific focus of this chapter is discourse research that analyses language data as evidence of social phenomena. The chapter divides the field of discourse research into three overlapping areas: discourse research as the study of social context, the study of social practices and the study of a social subject. The chapter outlines the premises of each area and the issues it raises, citing major sources and also examples that indicate the variety of recent research within the field, including the critical focus of many discourse research studies. A section on language data reviews some widely used analytic concepts, including 'discourse' and 'interpretative repertoire', and key debates around the social nature of language, including the connection between the discursive and the extra-discursive, and the status of the analyst in interpretive research. A later section describes the most common sources of language data. Finally, the chapter considers the continuing contributions of discourse research to social research more generally. The chapter suggests that the analytic approaches developed by discourse researchers continue to be widely used and have also contributed to the development of different approaches. It introduces three different areas which are often presented as developments of discourse research: narrative research, psychosocial research and visual research methods.

Item Type: Book Section
Extra Information: This is a flagship chapter for the encyclopedia and will also be published on the digital platform SAGE Research Methods (SRM): http://methods.sagepub.com
Keywords: discourse research; discourse analysis; discourse; interpretative repertoire; language data; critical research
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 55333
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2018 09:36
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 15:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55333
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