26 September 2013
This seminar, which goes by the full title of "Poststructuralist discourse analysis: using Bacchi’s ‘what’s-the-problem-represented-to-be?’ (WPR) approach in policy analysis", will discuss poststructuralist approaches to discourse analysis and introduce Carol Bacchi’s (1999, 2000, 2008, 2009) WPR approach to policy analysis. Poststructuralist discourse analysis has enabled policy analysts across a range of fields to focus on the implicit representations of ‘problems’ (or problem representations) in public policies. The WPR approach rests on the idea that we are governed, not through policies, but through ‘problematisations’, or how ‘problems’ are constituted. Its focus is on making accessible unexamined assumptions and deep-seated conceptual logics within implicit problem representations and therefore to challenge accepted ways of approaching policy issues. Examples across a diverse range of areas of social and public policy in Australia – from domestic violence and welfare policies to drug and food security policies – will demonstrate the utility of the approach for critical policy analysis.
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Old Teachers College A22, Room 448
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Bacchi, C. (1999). Women, policy and politics. The construction of policy problems. London: Sage.
Bacchi, C. (2009). Analysing policy: what’s the problem represented to be? Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson. Chapter 1 available online: http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b3715625~S1
Goodwin, S. (2010). "Analysing policy as discourse: methodological advances in policy analysis". In Markauskaite, Lina; Freebody, Peter; Irwin, Jude (Ed.), Methodological choices and research designs for educational and social change: linking scholarship, policy and practice. New York: Springer. http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b4322098~S1
Goodwin, S. (2012). "Women, policy and politics: recasting policy studies". In C. Beasley and A. Bletsas (Eds.), Engaging with Carol Bacchi: strategic interventions and exchanges. Adelaide: Adelaide University Press. Free eBook available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/engaging/.
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