Discourse analysis and its utility for urban policy research
Jacobs, K (2006) Discourse analysis and its utility for urban policy research. Urban Policy and Research, 24 (1). pp. 39-52.
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In recent years, discourse analysis has been deployed by academics as a methodology to understand the urban policy implementation process, in particular, the ways in which key actors exercise power. Much of the discourse-based research in urban policy has drawn upon the writings
of Norman Fairclough and Michel Foucault and seeks to provide a critical scrutiny of texts and utterances of policy makers and other key actors. The methodological assumption that informs discourse-based approaches is that politics is an arena in which different interest groups seek to establish a particular narrative or version of events as a means to pursue political objectives. This article begins by setting out the theoretical influences that have informed discourse analysis. There then follows a discussion of some of the studies that have deployed discourse-based research within urban policy, an evaluation of its strengths and weaknesses as a method and an assessment for new areas of enquiry. The article’s conclusion is that discourse analysis provides the researcher with a set of tools to interpret urban policy in a theoretically informed and insightful way. However, there are some pitfalls associated with its techniques that require consideration before any analysis should commence.
|Keywords:||Discourse analysis, urban, policy, Foucault, Fairclough|
|Deposited By:||Assoc. Professor KA Jacobs|
|Deposited On:||17 Oct 2007 13:05|
|Last Modified:||19 Jan 2009 21:13|
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