Discourse analysis in German-language human geography: integrating theory and method

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Glasze G, Mattissek A
Zeitschrift: Social and Cultural Geography
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2014
Seitenbereich: 1-13
ISSN: 1470-1197
Sprache: Englisch


In the context of various conceptual turns in German-language human geography over the past decades (e.g., linguistic, cultural, and material turns), which have been adopted largely via writings from English-language human geography, theoretical perspectives in these two academic communities have been converging. However, there are still aspects that are quite distinctive for debates in the German-language context. We argue that, for example, in the case of poststructuralist approaches, a distinct development has taken place, which emphasizes the links between theoretical, methodological, and methods-oriented empirical research, e.g., through the operationalization of linguistic methods. Following Michel Foucault's notion of ‘discourse’, these empirical analyses are often referred to as ‘discourse analyses’. This paper gives an overview of the field of discourse analysis in German-language human geography and discusses possible reasons for the different ways in which discourse theories have been emerged and developed in English-language and German-language geography. We argue that there are three developments which make ‘discourse analyses’ in the German context distinct: (1) the significance of theoretical debates on the role of the subject, (2) the intensive interdisciplinary networks within the wider context of German-language social sciences and linguistics, and (3) closely related to the second point, the strong emphasis on questions of methodical implementation.

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Glasze, Georg Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geographie (Kulturgeographie und Orientforschung)

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Glasze, G., & Mattissek, A. (2014). Discourse analysis in German-language human geography: integrating theory and method. Social and Cultural Geography, 1-13. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2014.961532

Glasze, Georg, and Annika Mattissek. "Discourse analysis in German-language human geography: integrating theory and method." Social and Cultural Geography (2014): 1-13.


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