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Research Strategies in the Social SciencesA Guide to New Approaches$
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Elinor Scarbrough and Eric Tanenbaum

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292376.001.0001

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Political Analysis in a World Without Foundations

Political Analysis in a World Without Foundations

(p.249) 11 Political Analysis in a World Without Foundations
Research Strategies in the Social Sciences

Bobby Sayyid

Lilian Zac

Oxford University Press

Introducing central conceptual themes employed in discourse analysis, another challenge to the positivist assumptions underlying conventional social science. The concepts covered are anti‐foundationalism; anti‐essentialism; identity and difference; post‐structuralism; hegemony; subjects and identities. How these concepts are used in discourse theoretical approaches to analysing socio‐political phenomena is outlined.

Keywords:   difference, discourse analysis, essentialism, foundationalism, hegemony, identity, identity, positivism, post‐structuralism, subjects

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