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Karl was supervised by Dr Deborah Youdell and refers to her book:

Book symbol Youdell, D. (2006) Impossible bodies, impossible selves: Exclusions and student subjectivities. Dordrecht: Springer.


He also refers to:

Book symbol Butler, Judith (2006) Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. London: Routledge

Book symbol Lareau, Annette (2003) Unequal childhoods class, race, and family life. Berkeley : University of California Press.

Book symbol Mac an Ghaill, Maírtín (1988) Young, gifted and black: student-teacher relations in the schooling of black youth. London: Routledge.


Why use discourse analysis?

Authors of this page: Graham R. Gibbs

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: 8th May 2012




Learning outcomes

  1. Learn how discourse analysis can address some of the difficult challenges of how people identify themselves and how other challenge and manipulate that identity.
  2. Learn about the citational nature of discourses.


In this video Karl explains why he chose to use discourse analysis to examine the nature of racism in the school he was investigating in Ireland. As he says, "talk about race is non-existent" and it is hard to capture what people mean by Irish identity. Nevertheless, he was interested in detecting where language was used with racist effects even if this was not intended or explicit. There were several reasons why discourse analysis help address these issues. First, he wanted to investigate the underpinning assumptions behind the language people used. Second, he wanted to examine ideas of identity. He was intrigued by the idea of Irish or white identity that went unquestioned and the way that other identities could be manipulated to effect injury. Third, he was interested in the politics of the school environment. His thinking was influenced by Michel Foucault and by Judith Butler and used Butler's idea that discourses are citational, that is, they cite other discourses although it is often impossible to determine their history and emergence.



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