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Title: Analysing children's accounts using discourse analysis
Authors: Alldred, P
Burman, E
Keywords: Discourse analysis;Post-structuralism;Interpretation;Researcher role;Power;Knowledge production
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Alldred, P. and Burman, E. (2005) Analysing Children’s Accounts Using Discourse Analysis, in S. M. Greene and D. M. Hogan (eds) Researching Children’s Experience: Approaches and Methods, London: Sage.
Abstract: Discourse analytic approaches to research depart from understandings of the individual and of the relation between language and knowledge provided by positivist and post-positivist approaches. This chapter sets out to show what this might mean for studying children’s experiences through, for example, interview-based research, and how a discourse analytic approach may bring into play conceptual resources that are particularly valuable for research with children. First and foremost, discursive approaches highlight the interpretive nature of any research, not only that with children. As a consequence, they challenge the conventional distinction between data collection and analysis, question the status of research accounts and encourage us to question taken-for-granted assumptions about distinctions between adults and children. Hence our emphasis in this chapter is on the active and subjective involvement of researchers in hearing, interpreting and representing children’s ‘voices’.
ISBN: 9780761971030
Appears in Collections:Social Work
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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