The work I have done is based on academic work from a number of
different schools, In particular Text Analysis and Critical Discourse
I have derived the Discourse Toolbox particularly from the works
list HERE, and of these authors, I am particularly influenced by
van Dijk and Jaeger. I am also indebted to Bob Jessop
However, the toolbox I have produced is certainly not what these
authors may have expected - I have derived it in different ways
based on their work, for example:-
- Power is a major theme in Critical Discourse Analysis, however,
there it is there "in the background" as an approach,
and as a discourse within CDA. However, I have taken it out of
this context and used power as a basis for several of the questions
used in the toolbox, such has
does NOT have power
is power being applied
As far as I know this method is an original "offshoot"
of CDA, but I confess that I cannot readily verify this claim.
Whatever the background, the above questions on power seem to
be valid in looking at the meaning of a text..
- The other tools in the toolbox have been derived by similar
processes of "mining" - please contact me if you want
a further archaeology of this process
- The Context method has been derioved from work by Allan Howard
at the UIA, Brussels. This work is currently unpublished. He began
to use cut and paste methods to extract informatiopn from sources
on the internet, and to let them speak for themselves rather than
quoting them. In the context survey of food and farming, I have
done the same as much as possible - using typical pages from typical
organisations to build a "collage" of what is there
in the context. Sometimes there was no suitable pages, so I have
made a precis myself from the printed materials quoted, or from
my personal history.
- The Dispositive is used in a non-standard way, as a method of
triangulation and of discovering the "cracks in reality"
in an investigation, but again, I think this is well enough based
on the theoretical work on the dispositive
In general, my method has been to use academic material as a resource
which I have "mined". I discuss the validity of this further
on this page, and I discuss my own authorial
discourse here, and give some biographical
details here to help you evaluate my own position,