Discourse analysis Qualitative methods Research methodology
ANTAKI, C. ... et al, 2003. Discourse analysis means doing analysis: a critique Of six analytic shortcomings. Discourse Analysis Online, 1.
A number of ways of treating talk and textual data are identified
which fall short of discourse analysis. They are: (1) under-analysis through
summary; (2) under-analysis through taking sides; (3) under-analysis through
over-quotation or through isolated quotation; (4) the circular identification of
discourses and mental constructs; (5) false survey; and (6) analysis that
consists in simply spotting features. We show, by applying each of these to an
extract from a recorded interview, that none of them actually analyse the data.
We hope that illustrating shortcomings in this way will encourage further
development of rigorous discourse analysis in social psychology.
This article has been published in, Discourse Analysis Online, available at: http://www.shu.ac.uk/daol/articles/v1/n1/a1/antaki2002002-t.html.