You are here

Due to a disruption with our fulfilment partner, we are unable to take print book orders on our website. We recommend purchasing via retailers and online via

Digital inspection copies are still available to request. If you require a print inspection copy, please contact your local Academic Sales Consultant.

For further assistance please visit our Contact us page. Thank you for your patience and we apologise for the inconvenience.

Doing Discourse Research

Doing Discourse Research
An Introduction for Social Scientists

December 2012 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book provides an introduction to the basic principles of discourse research, offering practical research strategies for doing discourse analyses in the social sciences. The book includes guidance on developing a research question, selecting data and analyzing it, and presenting the results. The author has extensive practical experience in the field of discourse research and shows, throughout, how the methods suggested are compatible with numerous research questions and problems in sociology, cultural, political and social studies and related disciplines.
The Current Relevance of Discourse Research

Collective Orders of Knowledge and Discourses

Approaches in Discourse Research
The History of the Term 'Discourse'

Discourse Analysis

Discourse Linguistics and (Corpus-based)

Critical Discourse Analysis and Kritische Diskursanalyse


Culturalist Discourse Research

Discourse Theories

Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse

Further Disciplinary Developments


The Research Process


General Foundations

Doing Discourse Research
Getting Started

The Exploration of the Field of Investigation

Selection of Data

Other Data Formats and Methods

The Detailed Analysis of Data
The Situational and Material Nature of a Statement

Formal and Linguistic-Rhetorical Structure

The Interpretative Analytics of Contents

From Detailed Analysis to Overall Results
From Utterances via Statements to Discourse and Beyond

Interpretation and Presentation of Results

Concluding Remarks

This book provides students with an excellent insight into the broad possibilities of investigation, the methods and the related research questions of discourse studies! I will highly recommend it to my students working on research papers on questions about the current state of art of language politics in the European Union and to students in other courses too.

Ms Roswitha Kersten-Pejanic
Department of Slavic studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
January 13, 2014

'Discourse' and other forms of 'narrative' are very prominent at the moment, students and tutors need to understand these approaches and how to introduce levels of rigour into their research

Dr Linda Barlow-Meade
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
November 28, 2013

Useful for the Masters students as well as PhD and Professional Doctoral candidates

Dr Mark Francis-Wright
Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex
November 5, 2013

A very helpful primer in what is a complex area

Mr Mark Hardy
Social Policy and Social Work Department, University of York
October 21, 2013

This is a text that I recommend as a 'must have' for any students pursuing Discourse Analysis in their research.

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
October 15, 2013

for those undertaking discourse research for the first time this book provides a simple structure in understanding how to collect data of this kind.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
May 10, 2013

Clearly written.

Dr Fiona McSweeney
Social Science , Dublin Institute of Technology
April 22, 2013

Handy and timely, rigourous but useable

Mr Mark Hardy
Social Policy and Social Work Department, University of York
March 27, 2013

I found this a very good starting point to understand discourse research.

Mr Richard Nelson
Teaching, Health and Care, Bradford College
March 13, 2013

A sound introduction to a useful research strategy.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
February 4, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

For instructors

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781446249710
ISBN: 9781446249703

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SAGE Research Methods, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SAGE Research Methods' robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through Methods Lists. SAGE Research Methods contains content from over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and "Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and specially commissioned videos.