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Discourse and KnowledgeThe Making of Enlightenment Sociology$
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Piet Strydom

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312960

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Theory of Discourse

Theory of Discourse

(p.34) Chapter 2 Theory of Discourse
Discourse and Knowledge
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This chapter introduces the theory of discourse and its development. It describes the contributions of Jürgen Habermas and Michael Foucault to the theory of discourse. In Foucault's theory of the production and reproduction of society, society is regarded as the outcome of competition and social conflict. Habermas' contribution centres on his idea of discourse as a problematisation that re-establishes a shaken mutual understanding and agreement through the development of symbols and all this has consequences for the publicly relevant organisation of society.

Keywords:   discourse, Jürgen Habermas, Michael Foucault, society, competition, social conflict

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