Discursive analytical strategies

Understanding Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau, Luhmann

By Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen


Jan 29, 2003

Page count

160 pages




240 x 172 mm


Policy Press
Discursive analytical strategies

This exciting and innovative book fills a gap in the growing area of discourse analysis within the social sciences. It provides the analytical tools with which students and their teachers can understand the complex and often conflicting discourses across a range of social science disciplines.

Examining the theories of Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann, the book:

· focuses on the political and social aspects of their writing;

· discusses and combines their theories to suggest new analytical strategies for understanding society;

· combines theory with practical illustrations.

A best seller in Denmark, this English edition is vital reading for anyone with an interest in discourse analysis. It will also be invaluable to anyone looking at the analytical works of Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann. Students will find the clear exposition of the theories and strategies supported by an easy-to-digest, easy-to-read layout, which includes summaries and boxed examples highlighting the relevance of analytical strategies to social and policy research.

"... a fascinating read. The book's originality lies in providing a welcome comparison of the analytical strategies of four theorists whose work is not usually brought together - Foucault, Koselleck, Laclau and Luhmann. It will appeal to both academics and their students." Norman Fairclough, Department of Linguistics and M.E.L., Lancaster University

Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen is Professor of Political Management at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Introduction; The discourse analysis of Michel Foucault; Reinhart Koselleck's history of concepts; The discourse theory of Ernesto Laclau; Niklas Luhmann's systems theory; A hall of mirrors or a pool of analytical strategies.

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