Discourse, Culture and Organization

Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power

  • Tomas Marttila

Part of the Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse book series (PSDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Tomas Marttila
    Pages 1-14
  3. Foundations

  4. Case Studies: Culture, Politics, Populism

  5. Possibilities of Critique

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen, Erik Højbjerg, Anders la Cour
      Pages 343-366
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 367-407

About this book


'A highly original contribution to the field of discourse analysis and an important milestone for the presentation and systematization of the Essex School with contributions from an outstanding range of scholars from different countries and disciplines.'
Daniel Wrana, The Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

This edited volume brings together leading international researchers from across the social sciences to examine the theoretical premises, methodological options and critical potentials of the Essex School of discourse analysis, founded on the work of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe. In doing so, it presents a clear picture of a poststructuralist and post-foundational research program to postdisciplinary discourse research. Divided into three parts, it begins by elaborating the ontological, theoretical and methodological foundations of the Essex School’s approach to discourse analysis. The second part provides empirical case studies showing how the Essex School research program informs and instructs empirical discourse research. In the concluding third part authors explain how and with what possible consequences this strand of discourse research contributes to social practices of critique. It offers a crucial contribution to the further methodologization and operationalization of the Essex School’s approach so as to make it a viable alternative to discourse-analytical approaches that take dominant positions in today’s ‘field of discourse studies’. The book's transdisciplinary focus will attract readers who use discourse analysis in all areas of the social sciences and humanities, particularly applied linguistics, cultural anthropology, sociology, philosophy and history.

Tomas Marttila is Senior Lecturer in sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. 


poststructuralism the Essex School Ernesto Laclau Chantal Mouffe Post-foundational Discourse Analysis postdisciplinary discourse research heuristic postfoundationalism cultural studies radical democracy critical sociology discourse and hegemony Retroduction postpositivism anti-essentialism rhetorical-performative analysis Populism system theory cultural anthropology immigration

Editors and affiliations

  • Tomas Marttila
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyLudwig Maximilian University of MunichMunichGermany

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