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Discourse and Institution in LIS and policy analysis
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2005 (English)In: Svensk biblioteksforskning, ISSN 0284-4354, E-ISSN 1653-5235, Vol. 15, no 1, 17-31 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the possibilities of integrating elements from institutional theory with discourse theory in the context of Library and Information Science (LIS), specifically in relation to an ongoing study of the Swedish national policies for adult education and film. It is maintained that both discourse theory and some approaches within institutional theory share a social constructionist epistemology. As the work by Talja and Fairclough demonstrates, ideas of social institutions are inherent in discourse theory. However, this article suggests that some approaches to institutional theory, especially those represented by March and Olsen, could enrich and improve the analytical value of the concept ofinstitution in discourse analysis. Further, the view on social interest and power relations proposed by Powell and DiMaggio (institutional theory), and Fairclough (discourse theory), represent an approach to social analysis that reintroduces a critical perspective to social analysis that is lost in some conceptions of social constructionism. This article suggests that this approach is justified in LIS and cultural policy analysis.

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Borås : Högskolan i Borås, Bibliotekshögskolan ; Göteborg : Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap , 2005. Vol. 15, no 1, 17-31 p.
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Social constructionism, institution, discourse, interests, critical realism
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Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2192Local ID: 2320/2517OAI: diva2:870282
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