chapter  3
Deconstructing knowledge discourses and security practices in UN interventions
WithKerstin Eppert
Pages 28

Chapter 3 discusses the methodological approach of Critical Discourse Analysis that structures the empirical analysis. The empirical analysis focuses on identity and representational constructions of the UN and Iraq in (non-)intervention discourses in Security Council sessions from early 2000 to early 2003 and traces the same in the subsequent deployment of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) after the US invasion in March 2003. To understand how (non-)intervention practices interrelate with constructions of identity and representations, this research pursues the claim that a critical reconceptualization of interventions as discourse and practice needs to be cognizant of the social context, to be non-linear and to take into account reflexivity in identity construction. The methodology presented here responds to this claim and provides the tools for tracing (de)stabilization or the successes and failures of the intersubjective constitution of meaning. This chapter introduces the Dialectical–Relational Approach (DRA) from Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) for this endeavor.