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Discourse in a material world

By Cynthia Hardy and Robyn Thomas


We challenge recent assertions that discourse studies cannot de facto address materiality. We demonstrate how a Foucauldian theorization of discourse provides a way to analyse the co‐constitutive nature of discursive and material processes, as well as explore the power relations implicated in these relationships. To illustrate our argument, we identify exemplary studies that have effectively combined a study of discourse and different aspects of materiality – bodies, objects, spaces, and practices. In doing so, we show how discourse scholars are able to study both materiality and power relations

Topics: HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1111/joms.12113
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Provided by: ORCA
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