Discursive approaches

Authored by: Caterina Carta

The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138589919
eBook ISBN: 9780429491306
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This chapter outlines the historical and intellectual development of discourse analytical approaches to European Union (EU) studies by connecting them to their wider intellectual traditions. In doing so, the chapter specifically looks at Foucauldian/Laclau–Mouffian discourse approaches (for a review of Habermasian, governmentality and practice approaches, see respectively, Chapter 2, Chapter 4 and Chapter 6, this volume). It reviews and discusses the major claims that key authors have pushed forward, by highlighting the merits and limitations of the poststructuralist contribution to EU studies. Finally, it critically assesses whether discourse analytical approaches are still relevant in analysing the EU.

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