This book provides an introduction to the basic principles of discourse research, offering practical research strategies for doing discourse analyses in the social sciences. The book includes guidance on developing a research question, selecting data and analyzing it, and presenting the results. The author has extensive practical experience in the field of discourse research and shows, throughout, how the methods suggested are compatible with numerous research questions and problems in sociology, cultural, political and social studies and related disciplines.

Doing Discourse Research

4.1 Getting Started

The term ‘discourse’ refers to a construct of social researchers. This assumes hypothetically that a relation, rule or structure underlies specific empirical data, which primarily exist and are documented as events (utterances) that are disseminated in time and place. This kind of ...

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