III. Discourse analysis and comprehensive sociology. A critical look back at an interdisciplinary research practice - Claire OGER and Caroline OLLIVIER-YANIV 43
Chapter III Discourse analysis and interpretive sociology. A critical look back at an interdisciplinary research practice Claire OGER and Caroline OLLIVIER-YANIV The purpose of this contribution is first of all to present the shared approach we have developed by combining interpretive sociology and discourse analysis. This rapprochement was initially suggested by problems of research emanating on the one hand from the sociol- ogy of political and public institutions and according an important place to actors’ discourse, and on the other hand from institutional discourse analysis. The implementation of an approach which goes beyond the simple comparison of results then led us to place the for- mation of corpora – or collections of discursive materials – at the heart of questions of method. Secondly, we propose to reconsider the various projects on insti- tutional discourse which we have worked on together, in order to identify their difficulties and their prospects. We will in particular insist on the need to clarify the theoretical and epistemological posi- tions which underlie this approach and determine its coherence. The construction of a shared approach Looking back at a number of shared works, we will provide a quick summary of their main stages, from comparison of results to concep- tual dialogue, and then to the hybridisation of methods. 44 Claire Oger and Caroline Ollivier-Yaniv Discourse as a point of convergence between DA and interpretive sociology The basis for a rapprochement between the two disciplines is the importance of the discourse in the two theoretical traditions in which they...
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