Discourse Analysis. If you are having trouble making sense of your interview data, you might want to consider employing what researchers call “discourse analysis.” Below are some notes from Dryzek (1997)
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If you are having trouble making sense of your interview data, you might want to consider employing what researchers call “discourse analysis.” Below are some notes from Dryzek (1997)
Dryzek, John S.(1997) Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses. New York: Oxford University Press.
Chap. 1 Making Sense of Earth’s Politics: A Discourse Approach
“A discourse is a shared way of looking at the world. Its adherents will therefore use a particular kind of language when talking about events, which in turn rests on some common definitions, judgements, assumptions, and contentions.” (p. xii).
A discourse approach is useful because language matters: “…the way we construct, interpret, discuss, and analyze environmental problems has all kinds of consequences” (p. 9). Consider these changes in meaning over time:
Marshy lands = swamps to wetlandsFrontier to be subdued to wilderness to be protected and cherishedAustrialia and New Zealand: European colonization and “Acclimatisation Societies” what was once sought after as desirable exotics are now forms of biological pollution to be erradicated.“Population” only 200 years old as a conceptWhales as creatures with rights
Source: Dryzek 1997, p. 20