The 'What is？' Research Methods series provides authoritative introductions to a range of research methods which are at the forefront of developments in the social sciences.
Each volume sets out the key elements of the particular method and features examples of its application, drawing on a consistent structure across the whole series. Written in an accessible style by leading experts in the field, this series is an innovative pedagogical and research resource.
What is Discourse Analysis？ is an accessible introductory guide to a popular and widely-used qualitative research approach.
Discourse analysts in the social sciences work with many forms of language data, including talk, documents, online material and news media. They investigate interactions and social practices, meaning-making and larger meaning systems and contests and conflicts around collective identities, social norms and subjectification.
This book offers a coherent and wide-ranging introduction to different theoretical and practical traditions of discourse analysis Discussions of published studies illustrate how social scientists have used discourse analysis in research on a range of important topics, including nationalism, racism, gender, organizations and leadership and health.
The book introduces the premises underlying different traditions of discourse analysis. It sets out the processes through which discourse analytic researchers produce findings which become evidence for new academic arguments. It provides clear practical guidance on conducting discourse analytic research, including data collection, selection and management and transcription. It also answers some common criticisms of discourse analysis and discusses its challenges The book concludes with a helpful glossary of key terms.
What is Discourse Analysis？ has been written for all social science researchers interested in working with language data. It is particularly suitable for new researchers planning to conduct discourse analytic research and for students on research methods courses.
2 Theories and common concerns
3 Four examples of discourse analysis
4 The usefulness of discourse analysis for social science researchers
5 The challenges of discourse analysis
6 Criticisms of discourse analysis