What Is Discourse?

  • Birsen Erdogan


In this chapter, the concept of discourse is explained with reference to several schools of thought. Then, the understanding of Laclau and Mouffe about the discourse is presented. In this part, important concepts, such as signification, subject positions, hegemony, discourse coalitions, split identities, logics of equivalence and difference, will be described. These concepts will be used to understand identity, discourse and political apparatuses. Later this chapter discusses how Laclau and Mouffe can be used in the studies of international relations and foreign policy analysis. Finally, this chapter introduces the method and data set used in the book.


Discourse analysis Laclau and Mouffe Post-structuralism International relations theory Foreign policy making Lene Hansen Lacan Identity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birsen Erdogan
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  1. 1.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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