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Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana
This unit introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using...
This unit introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using Martin Bashir's famous interview with Diana, Princess of Wales as a case study. Through this it examines the role of discourse in shaping social interaction and its psychological implications for the study of minds, selves and sense-making. The unit aims to demonstrate that in studying discourse we cannot help but study social life.
On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
- identify some key themes in discourse analysis;
- appreciate the consequences of discourse research for some key topics in social science, such as indentity, interaction and subjectivity;
- be familiar with some discourse analytical techniques and their consequences for analysing social interactions.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The case of Diana
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 Discourse as social action
- 1.3 Discourse as social action continued
- 1.4 Discourse as social action continued
- 1.5 Discourse as social action continued
- 1.6 Discursive practices
- 1.7 Discursive practices continued
- 1.8 Discursive practices continued
- 1.9 Discursive practices continued
- 1.10 Voice and the speaking subject
- 1.11 Voice and the speaking subject continued
- 1.12 The politics of representation
- 1.13 Conclusion
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Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana
This unit introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse analysis. To do this, it looks at extracts from the late Princess Diana interview screened on Panorama in 1995. The interview not only broke the conventions for British Royal appearances, but also reshaped the usual boundaries between public and private for the Royal family. While the focus here may be on Diana's words, the unit is not in itself concerned with the Diana phenomenon. And while some of the points discourse analysis makes about the Panorama interview will explore her complex public representation, the unit is concerned mainly with what the interview tells us about talk in general, about the construction of identity, about language and how it works, and about the sources of the order and patterning in social interaction.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Discourse analysis (D843) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Sociology courses or view the range of currently available OU Sociology courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 23rd July 2012
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