Search Results

You are looking at 1 - 10 of 3,899 items for :

  • "discourse" x
  • Refine by Access: All content x
  • Refine by Content Type: All x
Clear All Modify Search
Restricted access

Post-Development Theory and the Discourse-Agency Conundrum

Jon Harald Sande Lie

Through its post-structural critique of development, post-development provides a fundamental dismissal of institutional development. Drawing on the work of Foucault, post-development portrays development as a monolithic and hegemonic discourse that constructs rather than solves the problems it purports to address. Yet post-development itself becomes guilty of creating an analysis that loses sight of individuals and agency, being fundamental to its development critique. This article discusses the discourse-agency nexus in light of the post-development context with specific reference to the grand structure-actor conundrum of social theory, and asks whether an actor perspective is compatible with discourse analysis and what—if anything—should be given primacy. It aims to provide insight into social theory and post-development comparatively and, furthermore, to put these in context, with Foucault's work being pivotal to the seminal post-development approach.

Restricted access

Discourses of Agency and Gender in Girls' Conversations on Sport in Windhoek, Namibia

Valerie R. Friesen

In many parts of the developing world, sport is a non-traditional activity for girls, one which is being used increasingly by development organizations for the empowerment of girls and women. However, very little research has been done on the complex subjective perceptions and understandings of the participants themselves. The girls in this study were participants in an after-school program in Windhoek, Namibia, which combines academics and sport. I used discourse analysis to highlight issues of agency, power, and gender that emerge from their reflections on their sport participation. Girls' conversations often revealed acceptance and normalization of dominant gender norms but also a growing critical consciousness, and demonstrated the numerous ways girls resist, negotiate and engage with these discourses through their own perceptions of power, agency, and hope.

Restricted access

Shamans' Qualities in Emic Discourse

Tatiana Bulgakova

This article discusses the sociological hierarchies among Nanay shamans. The shamans evaluate one another and the community also evaluates them, ranking them in myriad informal ways in terms of effectiveness with spirits and healing power. These rankings come about through discursive activities associated with recounting shamanic healing and other ritual practices. While shamans try to maintain close communicative and social relationships with their community, they actively avoid direct interaction with one another as part of a conflict avoidance strategy.

Open access

Charlatans and Fraudsters

Spiritual Healing and the Discourse of Piety and Order in Egypt

Sohayla El Fakahany

structure and anti-structure binary ( Turner 1996 ). The process of hybridisation is an amalgamation of these various elements, and through the ethnographic fieldwork and discourse analysis conducted, I seek to unpack these cultural and social constructions

Restricted access

A Peripheral Movement?

Querdenken in the Critical Public Discourse about the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thomas Kern, Dahla Opitz, Julian Polenz, Insa Pruisken, and Sarah Tell

Deutschland (AfD). 4 Compared with movements such as Fridays for Future, Querdenken received a lot of attention but little support in the discourse of civil society. In this article, we reconstruct the critical public discourse on the covid -19 health

Restricted access

Objects of Dispute

Planning, Discourse, and State Power in Post-War France

Edward Welch

engendered were produced by and through discourse and narrative. As the Schéma directeur was translated into built forms on the ground, it demonstrated the power of statements, and particularly statements made by the state, to produce changes in empirical

Free access

The Girl in the GIF

Reading the Self into Girlfriendship

Akane Kanai

Reading Girlhood in Digital Spaces I approach the question of how individuals recognize themselves in discourses of girlhood by foregrounding the interaction between readers and texts. Focusing on the production of identity in digital spaces, I

Restricted access

Ndebele Girls as Knowers

Menstrual Preparation and Sanitary Preferences in Zimbabwe

Nolwazi Nadia Ncube

Introduction African girls are located at the intersection of many interventions aimed at supposedly saving them. An issue that merits deeper consideration is menstruation. Dominant discourses suggest that for many poor rural girls, a lack of

Restricted access

The Discourse of Drama

Regulating Girls in an Icelandic School

Bergljót Thrastardóttir, Steinunn Helga Lárusdóttir, and Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson

Introduction Since the latter part of the twentieth century, postfeminist discourse on gender and education has focused on how girls outperform boys, arguing that schools have become more suited for girls because of the feminization of

Restricted access

Unreasonable rage, disobedient dissent

The social construction of student activists and the limits of student engagement

Jessica Gagnon

to situate the discussion of the media constructions of student activism and the limits of student engagement discourses in higher education in the United Kingdom. In the U.K., when students raise their placards in political protest; when they stand