Citation Details: Antaki, C., Billig, M., Edwards, D., Potter, J., 2003, "Discourse Analysis Means Doing Analysis: A Critique Of Six Analytic Shortcomings", Discourse Analysis Online, vol.1, no.1 []

Published/Moderated by: Simeon J. Yates, Kathy Doherty []

D3E version published: Reviewed: August, 2002. Published: March, 2003.

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Discourse Analysis Means Doing Analysis: A Critique Of Six Analytic Shortcomings

Charles Antaki, Michael Billig, Derek Edwards, Jonathan Potter
Discourse and Rhetoric Group
Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
Leicestershire, LE11 3TU

Abstract: A number of ways of treating talk and textual data are identified which fall short of discourse analysis. They are: (1) under-analysis through summary; (2) under-analysis through taking sides; (3) under-analysis through over-quotation or through isolated quotation; (4) the circular identification of discourses and mental constructs; (5) false survey; and (6) analysis that consists in simply spotting features. We show, by applying each of these to an extract from a recorded interview, that none of them actually analyse the data. We hope that illustrating shortcomings in this way will encourage further development of rigorous discourse analysis in social psychology.

Keywords: discourse analysis, qualitative methods, research methodology

Multimedia: MP3 recording from which example transcript is taken

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