Discursive analytical strategies: understanding Foucault, by Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

By Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

This intriguing and cutting edge booklet fills a niche within the turning out to be quarter of discourse research in the social sciences. It presents the analytical instruments with which scholars and their lecturers can comprehend the complicated and infrequently conflicting discourses throughout quite a number social technological know-how disciplines.Examining the theories of Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann, the book:·[vbTab]focuses at the political and social points in their writing;·[vbTab]discusses and combines their theories to signify new analytical suggestions for figuring out society;·[vbTab]combines idea with sensible illustrations.A most sensible vendor in Denmark, this English version is essential interpreting for an individual with an curiosity in discourse research. it is going to even be useful to an individual taking a look at the analytical works of Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann. scholars will locate the transparent exposition of the theories and methods supported through an easy-to-digest, easy-to-read format, along with summaries and boxed examples highlighting the relevance of analytical thoughts to social and coverage learn.

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The relation between archaeology and genealogy is frequently portrayed, in Foucault, as two periods in his writings in which the genealogical breakthrough is summoned with the article 'Nietzsche - genealogy and history' (Foucault, 1991). However, before this publication Foucault had already used the term 'genealogy', at times together with the word 'archaeology'. Moreover, the majority of the questions addressed in the Neitzsche article had already been discussed before in The archaeology of knowledge (Foucault, 1986a), in the chapter 'Discourse and discontinuity' , and in different introductory problem formulations in his historical works.

3. Generalisation This analysis is in fact a 'two-in-one' analytical strategy, since Foucault oscillates between viewing the problem from the side of the apparatus and the side of the strategy respectively of the guiding distinction. 3: Dispositive analysis Dispositive Apparatus Strategic logic Discourse For example: I Self-technology I Architecture I Institutions I legal/illegal desired/undesired behaviour security/insecurity confession/perversion 'strategy' of the distinction, Foucault examines the way in which a discursive element is taken out of the specific context in which it was created, and is then generalised and given schematic qualities so that it is made available as logic to a multiplicity of discourses , self-technologies, institutions and so on.

Again, it is important to avoid any form of reductionism such as, for example, referring the inter-discursive competition to structures or conditions that do not appear explicitly in the competition, for example, economy, power, international regimes of production . The formulation of the rules of formation for strategies concerns the formulation of the unity if the mutual exclusion if the discursive formations. Foucault formulates it thus: One may describe between several discourses, relations of mutual delimitation, each giving the other distinctive marks of its singularity to be the differentiation of its domain of application.

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