Discourse Studies, Methodological Challenges in the Study of Agency and Meaning Making Processes

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Discourses can be understood as more or less fixated constitutions of meaning or, in a more general sense, symbolic orders, thus institutionalizing a binding context of meaning, values, norms, perceptions and attitudes which incites and instructs a particular agency and makes certain actions more likely, than others. It is Discourses with a capital D, in which the objective is to describe the conditions for the concrete meaning making taking place in local practices, in which the social actors (individuals or collectives of individuals) “accept, effect, translate, adopt, use or oppose, and therefore ‘realize’ them, in a versatile way which can be empirically investigated” (Keller, 2011). This workshop starts with a keynote lecture held by dr. Reiner Keller, professor at the University of Augsburg. During the early 2000’ he developed The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD), which is “[...] not a method, but a research program embedded in the sociology of knowledge tradition in order to examine the discursive construction of symbolic orders, which occurs in the form of competing politics of knowledge” (Keller, 2011; Keller, 2012). SKAD is theoretically founded on Berger & Luckmann’s theory of knowledge, which considers both the institutional knowledge processes and the lifeworld adoption and usage of stocks of knowledge, while it follows Foucault in examining discourse as performative statement practices which constitute reality orders and also produce power effects in a conflict-ridden network of social actors.
Period19 Jan 201720 Jan 2017
Event typeWorkshop
LocationAalborg, DenmarkShow on map