ethnography and critical discourse analysis?

devon brown devonbrn at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jul 2 17:47:09 UTC 2003


 Hi, I am a new subscriber and have been lurking in the wings for several weeks. I am currently working on a dissertation proposal and am struggling with my methods section. In particular I am hoping to draw from ethnographic and critical discourse analysis traditions. For now I calling my method �ethnographically informed analysis of discourse.� From my perspective ethnographic practices provide a useful tool for gaining a greater understanding of the social context in which discourse practices produce texts, yet there are certainly some strong traditions, and therefore assumptions that these two methods/theories draw from, which are potentially in tension with one another if not in opposition, particularly with regard to the role of the researcher, what counts as data, how data is presented, etc. It is these and other epistemological assumptions regarding these methods that committee members are questioning. So, my question is, are there examples of research that has been done that
 actively draws from both ethnographic traditions and critical discourse analysis? Also, as I read Fairclough and van Dijk, I see examples of critical discourse analysis of texts, which do not necessarily require ethnographic methods of data collection (e.g., newspaper articles, university advertisements for faculty, etc), can anyone think of examples of CDA analyzing texts that have emerged from ethnographically informed practices (e.g., observations, transcripts of interviews, etc.)?  Thanks in advance for any help.


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