There can be little doubt that discourse analysis has come to represent
something of a ‘growth industry’ in the critical social sciences.
Indeed, there has been, together with a proliferation of the various
models of the process of discourse analysis (cf. Bannister 1995; Fairclough
1995; Parker 1992; Potter & Wetherell 1987) a veritable explosion
of discursive analytic work. This almost unfettered expansion of
discursive analytic work has led almost inevitably to a variety of misapplications
of the work of Michel Foucault, whose name is often
attached, almost as matter of course, to varieties of discourse analysis.