The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse (SKAD) has reoriented research into social forms, structuration and processes of meaning construction and reality formation; doing so by linking social constructivist and pragmatist approaches with post-structuralist thinking in order to study discourses and create epistemological space for analysing processes of world-making in culturally diverse environments.

SKAD is anchored in interpretive traditions of inquiry and allows for broadening – and possibly overcoming – of the epistemological biases and restrictions still common in theories and approaches of Western- and Northern-centric social sciences. An innovative volume, this book is exactly attentive to these empirically based, globally diverse further developments of approach, with a clear focus on the methodology and its implementation. Thus, The Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse presents itself as a research program and locates the approach within the context of interpretive social sciences, followed by eleven chapters on different cases from around the world that highlight certain theoretical questions and methodological challenges.

Presenting outstanding applications of the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse across a wide variety of substantive projects and regional contexts, this text will appeal to postgraduate students and researchers interested in fields such as Discourse Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Qualitative Methodology and Methods.

This book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

chapter 1|15 pages


The sociology of knowledge approach to discourse in an interdependent world
ByAnna-Katharina Hornidge, Reiner Keller, Wolf J. Schünemann
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chapter 2|32 pages

The sociology of knowledge approach to discourse

An introduction
ByReiner Keller
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chapter 3|25 pages

Situating SKAD in interpretive inquiry

ByReiner Keller, Adele E. Clarke
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chapter 4|18 pages

The social construction of value

A comparative SKAD analysis of public discourses on waste in France and Germany
ByReiner Keller
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chapter 5|21 pages

SKAD analysis of European multi-level political debates

ByWolf J. Schünemann
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chapter 6|21 pages

Legislation and discourse

Research on the making of law by means of discourse analysis
ByAndreas Stückler
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chapter 7|17 pages

A SKAD ethnography of educational knowledge discourses

ByAnna-Katharina Hornidge, Hart Nadav Feuer
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chapter 8|19 pages

Using SKAD to study Chinese contemporary governance

Reflections on our research process
ByShaoying Zhang, Derek McGhee
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chapter 9|17 pages

Using SKAD to analyse classification practices in public health

Methodological reflections on the research process
ByHella von Unger, Penelope Scott, Dennis Odukoya
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chapter 10|16 pages

Self-positioning of semi-skilled workers

Analysing subjectification processes with SKAD
BySaša Bosančić
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chapter 11|21 pages

Dangerous or endangered?

Using the sociology of knowledge approach to discourse to uncover subject positions of sex workers in South African media discourse
ByCarolin Küppers
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chapter 12|14 pages

Guidance on transitions

Reconstructing the rationalities of the European discourse on career guidance services using the sociology of knowledge approach
ByInga Truschkat, Claudia Muche
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chapter 14|20 pages

Studying discourses ethnographically

A sociology of knowledge approach to analysing macro-level forces in micro-settings
ByFlorian Elliker
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chapter 15|26 pages

From analysis to visualisation

Synoptical tools from SKAD studies and the entity mapper
ByAnne Luther, Wolf J. Schünemann
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