Discourse analysis: strengths and shortcomings

Aydın Düzgit, Senem and Rumelili, Bahar (2019) Discourse analysis: strengths and shortcomings. All Azimuth, 8 (2). pp. 285-305. ISSN 2146-7757

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Discourse analysis is a much-favoured textual analysis method among constructivist and critically minded International Relations scholars interested in the impact of identity, meaning, and discourse on world politics. The aim of this article is to guide students of Turkish IR in their choice and use of this method. Written by two Turkish IR scholars who have employed discourse analysis in their past and present research, this article also includes a personal reflection on its strengths and shortcomings. The first section of the article presents an overview of the conceptual and epistemological underpinnings of discourse analysis, while charting the evolution of discourse analysis in IR since the late 1980s in three phases. The second section offers insight into the personal history of the researchers in employing discourse analysis in their previous and ongoing research, while the third section provides a how-to manual by performing discourse analysis of an actual text. The concluding section focuses on the challenges faced in the conduct of discourse analysis and the potential ways to overcome them, also drawing from the researchers' own experiences in the field.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Constructivism; Critical discourse analysis; Discourse analysis; International relations; Qualitative methods
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Senem Aydın Düzgit
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2023 12:19
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2023 12:19
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/46486

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