More Than Just a Discursive Practice? Conceptual Principles and Methodological Aspects of Dispositif Analysis

Andrea D. Bührmann, Werner Schneider


This article gives an introduction into the conceptual and practical field of dispositf analysis—a field that is of great importance but that is as yet underdeveloped. In order to render this introduction, we first explain the terms discourse and dispositif. Then we examine the conceptual instruments and methodological procedures of dispositf analysis. In this way, we define the relations between discourse and (a) non discoursive practices (b) subjectification, (c) everyday orders of knowledge and (d) institutional practices like societal changes as central issues of dispositif analysis. Furthermore, we point out the methodological possibilities and limitations of dispositif analysis. We demonstrate these possibilities and limitations with some practical examples. In general, this article aims to provide an extension of the perspectives of discourse theory and research by stressing the relations between normative orders of knowledge, their effects on interactions and individual self–reflections connected with them.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0702281


discourse; dispositif; practices; subject; subjectification; power

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