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Discourse Analysis


Jacobs, KA, Discourse Analysis, Methods in Urban Analysis, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., S Baum (ed), Singapore, pp. 151-172. ISBN 978-981-16-1676-1 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter introduces urban and planning students to the methodological approach known as ‘discourse analysis’ that aims to uncover and provide insights on the way that language is deployed to maintain and exercise power. The chapter begins by explaining the origins of discourse analysis and the two most influential variants: ‘critical discourse analysis’ and analysis inspired by the writings of Foucault. The next section of the chapter considers recent examples of Australian scholarship in the fields of planning and housing where researchers have undertaken a discourse analysis. The main section of the chapter provides the reader with two examples of texts that consider the impacts of Covid-19 and the policy responses required. It is, in this section, that the reader can learn how critical discourse and Foucauldian approaches can be undertaken. The next section considers the criticisms that have been directed at discourse analysis and how these might be overcome. Finally, the chapter ends with six points as a way to summarise the main arguments that have been put forward.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:urban, discourse analysis
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction planning
Objective Field:Construction planning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jacobs, KA (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:145156
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-07-05
Last Modified:2021-09-13

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