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Critical realist discourse analysis, motherhood, and gender: a systematic methodological approach to analysis

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This chapter proposes a multi-level, ‘synthesised’ methodological approach for undertaking applied Critical Realist Discourse Analysis and – in so doing – adopts a specific focus on talk around motherhood, female employment and day-care. This methodological approach combines features from traditional forms of discourse analysis with principles and practices that derive from applied critical realism. The chapter argues that critical realist philosophy allows us to side-step the age-old structure/agency and materialism/idealism dualisms in favour of an approach that conceives of these as dialectically co-constituted. As such, it claims that Critical Realist Discourse Analysis provides a starting point for researchers who wish to avoid both the anthropocentric social constructionist tendency to reduce all dimensions of our existence to discourse and biological reductionism or materialist determinism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Realism, Gender and Feminism: A Reader
EditorsMichiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann, Lena Gunnarsson
ISBN (Electronic)9781315112138
ISBN (Print)9781138083707
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Critical Realism

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