Learning to do Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis by doing

9th May 2019 : 12:45 - 14:00

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Qualitative Methods Hub

Speaker: Dr Velda Elliott (Department of Education)

Location: Seminar Room B, Department of Education

Convener: Victoria Elliott

In this session I will give an account of how I learned to do Foucauldian Critical Discourse Analysis, and offer my understanding of the method.

FCDA is a method which seeks to explore the power structures underlying and (re)created by discourses throughout society. In the presentation I will reflect both on FCDA as a method but also on what the advantages of learning by doing in collaboration with a more knowledgeable other are. The FCDA that I will draw on was published in 2016 as: Elliott, V. & Hore, B. (2016). ‘Right nutrition, right values’: the construction of food, youth and morality in the UK government 2010-2014. Cambridge Journal of Education, 46(2), pp. 177–192.


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