Joseph, Jonathan (2004) Learning to Live (With Derrida). In: Joseph, Jonathan and Roberts, John Michael, eds. Realism Discourse and Deconstruction. Routledge Studies in Critical Realism . Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, pp. 246-261. ISBN 9780415322638.
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This collection reflects the growing interest realist critics have shown towards forms of discourse theory and deconstruction. The diverse range of contributions address such issues as the work of Derrida and deconstruction, discourse theory, Eurocentrism and poststructuralism. What unites all of the contributions is a sense that it is essential to provide a realist alternative to the hitherto dominance of social constructionism, hermeneutics and postmodernism, over many of the issues discussed. By developing a realist perspective the different authors attempt to embed discourse within the structured nature of the reality of the world. Realism can situate language, discourse and ideology within context specific, or 'causally efficacious' circumstances. Realism can help to uncover issues of power, representation, and subjectivity and how discursive and other social practices produce real effects. This can help us understand the manner in which (non-discursive) social structures are reproduced through various forms of ideology and discourse. And by knowing this, we can start to address questions concerning human emancipation and how the world is to be transformed.
|Item Type:||Book section|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations|
|Depositing User:||Alison Chapman|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 18:35|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2010 14:00|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/907 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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