Methods and proceeding: From discourse theory to discourse analysis
As argued in the previous chapter, political discourse theory provides strong conceptual guidance for my discourse analytical endeavour. At the same time, scholarship provides little direction concerning the concrete application of political discourse theory to empirical cases. In fact, there have been “call(s) for methodological courage” to address this perceived weakness (Paul 2009; Wagenaar 2011, p. 155). Instead, political discourse theorists invite researchers “to articulate their concepts in each particular enactment of concrete research” (Howarth, Norval & Stavrakakis 2000, p. 7, original emphasis) by proceeding in a heuristic manner. The following section sets out how I have gone about my particular enactment of research. Following introductory remarks on the tenets of interpretative policy analysis, I describe my proceeding and the applied research methods along with their limitations.
KeywordsPolicy Process Discourse Analysis Transitional Justice Discourse Theory Interpretative Analysis
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