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Practising discourse analysis in healthcare settings

Sarangi, Srikant 2010. Practising discourse analysis in healthcare settings. In: Bourgeault, I., Dingwall, R. and de Vries, R. eds. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research, London: Sage, pp. 397-416.

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Abstract

This chapter offers a practically relevant – albeit critical and reflexive – introduction to the methodological tradition generally known as discourse analysis. After a brief overview of the notion of discourse and the three constituent steps – data collection, data transcription and data categorization – I introduce and illustrate theme-oriented discourse analysis, which regards discourse as activity and as account. I conclude by calling attention to the many ways the findings of discourse analysis have been, and can be, used. What we understand by the term ‘discourse’ has immediate implications for what is collected as ‘discourse data’ and for the analytical framework adopted for interpreting these data. As a concept, ‘discourse’ crosses different disciplinary boundaries – e.g., history, literature, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology – although linguistics is commonly regarded as its home turf. As early as 1935, J.R. Firth anticipated how conversation, in the sense of discourse, would become central ...

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Sage
ISBN: 9781847872920
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11880

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