Deconstructive discourse analysis: extending the methodological conversation

Macleod, C. (2002) Deconstructive discourse analysis: extending the methodological conversation. South African Journal of Psychology, 32 (1). pp. 17-25. ISSN 0081-2463




Discourse analysis is increasingly becoming a methodology of preference amongst qualitative researchers. There is a danger, however, of it being viewed as a bounded and uncontested domain of research practice. As discourse analysis is inextricably linked with theoretical issues, it is a dynamic practice that is constantly in a process of revision. In this paper I reflect on some of the conceptualisations undergirding the notion of discourse – conceptualisations that have important implications in terms of how the practice of discourse analysis proceeds. I highlight some of the dualisms that may plague discourse analysis, and offer some solutions to these. Finally, I outline the deconstructive discourse analysis that I utilised in my doctoral work. The purpose of the latter is not to provide a recipe of methodology, but to illustrate how elements of various theorists’ work (in this case Foucault, Derrida and Parker) may be profitably drawn together to perform specific discourse analytic work.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:discourse analysis, deconstruction, methodology, Derrida, Foucault
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:747
Deposited By: tracy morison
Deposited On:04 Jul 2007
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