Using Discourse Theory. A Discourse-Theoretical Exploration of the Articulation of Death
2011 (English)In: Critical Perspectives on the European Mediasphere. The Intellectual Work of the 2011 ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School / [ed] Ilija Tomanic Trivundza, Nico Carpentier, Hannu Nieminen, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Richard Kilborn, Ebba Sundin, Tobias Olsson,, Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences Press , 2011, 57-68 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Death itself is a signifier that tries to capture human decay, and its meaning consists of a series of elements that are often taken for granted, such as end/cessation/termination, negativity, irreversibility, inescapability and undesirability. At the same time, closer scrutiny of these articulations shows the contingency of the discourse of death, with almost every discursive element opening up a range of gaps, complexities and unfixities. In order to unravel the meanings of the articulation of the discourse on death, and to show some of its complexities, we will use discourse theory (and mainly Laclau and Mouffe's (1985) variation) as the theoretical backbone of our analysis, which is firmly rooted in a secular position. This analysis will also allow us to illustrate (part of) the workings of discourse-theoretical analysis (or DTA - see Carpentier & De Cleen, 2007) in the development of a secondary theoretical framework, which can be used, together with discourse theory itself (as primary theoretical framework), for a variety of analysis, including the study of media texts (Van Brussel, 2011).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ljubljana: Faculty of Social Sciences Press , 2011. 57-68 p.
, Researching and Teaching Communication Book Series
death, discourse-theoretical analysis, discourse theory
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-278363ISBN: 978-961-235-583-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-278363DiVA: diva2:906566