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Discourse Analysis and the Production of Meaning in International Relations Research: a Brief Methodological Outline

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Ghica, Luciana Alexandra

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Abstract Discourse analysis has become a mantra for many young international relations scholars that would like to place their research within the camps of postmodern theorizing, increasingly fashionable yet still marginal enough to be attractive to those that do not set for the usual mainstream topics or methods. However, their work has been frequently put under much methodological pressure by positivist social scientists that sometimes reject the discourse analysis framework as too fluid to be a “proper” social research tool. Premising that discourse is a social practice, this paper proposes a non-Marxist argument for pushing forward this debate and for helping especially social constructivists in advancing their methodological concerns beyond the positivist-interpretativist dichotomy.
Keywords discourse theory; discourse analysis; meaning; metatheory; methodology; constructivism; methodology; social construction
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language Other language
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 3-9
Journal Annals of the University of Bucharest / Political science series, 15 (2013) 2
ISSN 1582-2486
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works