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Duchamp's Urinal: Who Says What's Rational When Things Get Tough?

David E. Apter

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270439.003.0041

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Duchamp's Urinal: Who Says What's Rational When Things Get Tough?

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This article examines the relevance of discourse in politics taking Duchamp's urinal as an example. It suggests that discourse is not a major concern in social and political analysis and proposes that discourse theory is more than an addendum to political science. It attempts to make the case that discourse theory is, for political analysis a way of understanding those aspects of politics that have to do with context and meaning. It analyses how events are endowed with meaning and examines in these terms how discourse becomes a source as well as a means of political power.

Keywords: discourse; politics; Duchamp's urinal; social analysis; political analysis; context; meaning; political power

Article.  13844 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; Political Institutions

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