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Discourse Analysis

Jacobs, KA ORCID: 0000-0002-1377-0069 2021 , 'Discourse Analysis', in S Baum (ed.), Methods in Urban Analysis , Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore, pp. 151-172.

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Abstract

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

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Jacobs, KA
Keywords: urban, discourse analysis
Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
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