Feminist Post-structuralist discourse analysis: a new theoretical and methodological approach?

Judith A. Baxter

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This chapter serves three very important functions within this collection. First, it aims to make the existence of FPDA better known to both gender and language researchers and to the wider community of discourse analysts, by outlining FPDA’s own theoretical and methodological approaches. This involves locating and positioning FPDA in relation, yet in contradistinction to, the fields of discourse analysis to which it is most often compared: Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and, to a lesser extent, Conversation Analysis (CA). Secondly, the chapter serves a vital symbolic function. It aims to contest the authority of the more established theoretical and methodological approaches represented in this collection, which currently dominate the field of discourse analysis. FPDA considers that an established field like gender and language study will only thrive and develop if it is receptive to new ways of thinking, divergent methods of study, and approaches that question and contest received wisdoms or established methods. Thirdly, the chapter aims to introduce some new, experimental and ground-breaking FPDA work, including that by Harold Castañeda-Peña and Laurel Kamada (same volume). I indicate the different ways in which a number of young scholars are imaginatively developing the possibilities of an FPDA approach to their specific gender and language projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender and Language Research Methodologies
EditorsKate Harrington, Lia Litosseliti, Helen Sauntson, Jane Sunderland
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780230550698
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2008

Bibliographical note

Baxter, Judith A. [Harrington, Kate; Litosseliti, Lia; Sauntson, Helen and Sunderland, Jane (eds)]. Feminist Post-structuralist discourse analysis: a new theoretical and methodological approach? IN: Gender and Language Research Methodologies.(2008). Palgrave Macmillan. reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in Gender and Language Research Methodologies edited by Kate Harrington, Lia Litosseliti, Helen Sauntson and Jane Sunderland which can be purchased from www.palgrave.com


  • discourse analysis
  • critical discourse analysis
  • conversation analysis


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