Olga Brusylovska – Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in International Relations

Olga Brusylovska - Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) in International Relations Abstract: Critical discourse analysis (CDA) is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse that views language as a form of social practice and focuses on the ways social and political domination are reproduced in texts and speech. In comparison with other methods СDA has no clearly regulated procedure of selection of materials and the analysis itself. Therefore СDA has been criticized for subjectivity in the interpretation of the data. However CDA has a number of advantages: 1) it can eliminate the contradiction between qualitative and quantitative orientation of scientific methods; 2) it does not require complicated procedures for the data collection; 3) it is very economical; 4) any other analytical tool allows you to check its results; 5) it involves large amounts of textual material which allows direct analysis of data, eliminating from allegations of secondary data analysis and interpretation. The discipline of International Relations using CDA gives an opportunity to convert the study from meta-level to the level of discursive practices. It also gives a possibility to overcome the artificial division of spheres of internal and foreign policy. Several studies using CDA appeared in Russia and Ukraine in the recent years.

Keywords: critical discourse analysis (CDA), methods, advantages, opportunities, study, international relations.

Rhetoric and Communications E-journal, Issue 18, July 2015, rhetoric.bg/, journal.rhetoric.bg, ISSN 1314-4464

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