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Den statsvetenskapliga diskursen: En innehållsanalys av statsvetenskapliga doktorsavhandlingar 2000-2013
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Discourse of Political Science : A Content Analysis of Doctoral Dissertations in Political Science 2000-2013 (English)
Abstract [en]

A possible "discursive turn" is believed to have been observed within Swedish political science in later years. The purpose of this study is to examine whether or not such a turn has actually taken place, in order to further determine if a resulting theoretical homogeneity poses a risk to the ability of Swedish political science to identify and respond to its full width of possible research problems, and to determine its perspectives on both these problems and the results that are later communicated to the general society. To do so, the study poses the following primary research question:

  • "Has a discursive turn occurred within Swedish political science?"

This question is then broken down into two specified research questions.

  • "Has discourse analysis become a more common approach for doctoral dissertations in political science during the period of 2000-2013?"
  • "Have ideas corresponding with discourse theory become more common within doctoral dissertations in political science that are not pure discourse analyses during the period of 2000-2013?"

These questions are then answered by examining all known 406 doctoral dissertations in political science published in Sweden during the 21st century up until (and including) the year of 2013, using two forms of content analysis, one manual and one computer-assisted. The study finds no clear evidence of a discursive turn in Swedish political science since the turn of the century. The results demonstrate, however, that while ideas corresponding with discourse theory do not appear to have become unambiguously more common in recent times, they do appear in some form in a majority of the examined dissertations, albeit most often on the margin. The study finds no significant indications of a theoretical homogenisation that might impede upon the ability of political science to identify and respond to its full width of research problems. Discourse analysis appears to have a stable presence within Swedish political science, but does not appear to risk contributing to a homogenous research climate that might damage the plurality of research. Instead, it might be seen as a contribution to this plurality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 88 p.
Keyword [en]
Political science, doctoral dissertations, dissertations, philosophy of science, metatheory, content analysis, discourse analysis, discourse theory, discursive turn
Keyword [sv]
Statsvetenskap, doktorsavhandlingar, avhandlingar, vetenskapsteori, metateori, innehållsanalys, diskursanalys, diskursteori, diskursiv vändning
National Category
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-31601DiVA: diva2:699759
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Science: Focus Political Science (120 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2014-03-04 Created: 2014-02-28 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

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