Discourse and Knowledge

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Theoretical and methodological aspects of a critical discourse and dispositive analysis. Von Siegfried Jäger Central to a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) based on Michel Foucault's discourse theory are issues such as, what knowledge (valid at a certain place at a certain time)* is at all, how the valid knowledge evolves, how it is passed on, which function it has for the constitution of subjects and the shaping of society and which impact this knowledge has on the overall development of society.1 Here 'knowledge' means all kinds of contents which make up a consciousness* and/or all kinds of meanings used by respective historical persons to interpret and shape the surrounding reality. People derive this 'knowledge'* from the respective discursive contexts into which they are born and are entangled with for their entire existence. Discourse…

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