- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

Communicative practices that provide us with meaning and set often invisible boundaries for what is said and left unsaid (and therefore what is thought and not thought) about a particular topic.

Longer explanation

In linguistics, discourse refers to utterances greater than a sentence, but in the social sciences (as influenced by Michel Foucault) it ...

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