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Discourse Theory and Political Analysis

David Howarth

in Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198292371
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292376.003.0012
 Discourse Theory and Political Analysis

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An overview of contributions to the development of discourse theoretical approaches in social science from the work of Althusser, Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, Laclau, and Mouffe. Particular attention is given to the concepts of signification, antagonisms, political subjectivity, agency, hegemony, the hermeneutical tradition in social science, and how to apply deconstruction methods.

Keywords: Louis Althusser; deconstruction; Jacques Derrida; discourse theory; Michel Foucault; hermeneutics; Jacques Lacan; Ernesto Laclau; Chantal Mouffe; signification

Chapter.  11200 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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