Discursive analytical strategies: understanding Foucault, by Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

By Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen

This intriguing and cutting edge publication fills a spot within the becoming sector of discourse research in the social sciences. It offers the analytical instruments with which scholars and their lecturers can comprehend the complicated and infrequently conflicting discourses throughout a variety of social technology disciplines.Examining the theories of Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann, the book:·[vbTab]focuses at the political and social facets in their writing;·[vbTab]discusses and combines their theories to indicate new analytical techniques for realizing society;·[vbTab]combines idea with functional illustrations.A top vendor in Denmark, this English version is key studying for an individual with an curiosity in discourse research. it is going to even be precious to an individual taking a look at the analytical works of Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann. scholars will locate the transparent exposition of the theories and methods supported via an easy-to-digest, easy-to-read structure, along with summaries and boxed examples highlighting the relevance of analytical options to social and coverage study.

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19 Discursive analytical strategies Foucault is concerned with the redescription of "not the anticipatory power of meaning, but the hazardous play of dominations" (Foucault, 1991, P 83). Genealogy does not pretend to go back in time to restore an unbroken continuity that operates beyond the dispersion of broken things; its duty is not to demonstrate that the past actively exists in the present, that it continues secretly to animate the present, having imposed a predetermined form on all its vicissitudes.

Framework for genealogical analysis Whereas the framework for the eye of knowledge archaeology is the difference regularity/dispersion of statements, the framework for the eye of genealogy is the difference continuity/discontinuity. The designation of genealogy as a particular historical analytical strategy was initially developed by Friedrich Nietzsche, primarily in his dissertation On the genealogy of morality (Nietzsche, 1998). In this text, Nietzsche explains how he began by looking into the origins of good and evil but how he gradually realised that this way of asking was tremendously problematic because of the question's implied supposition about an original essential moral that would appear increaSingly clear as one approached its source on tracing it back through history.

National history is a classic example of this. Other, more current, examples could be various histories about our path toward globalisation, or books about the formation of the idea of Europe, which is now unfolding through the European Union. But it might also be books about the historical progress of medical science or the dissemination of modern humanism and its repression of the barbaric means of punishment of earlier times. The antiquarian method Antiquarian historiography cultivates the past for the sake of the past.

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