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Discourse Theory

Discourse Theory
Loizos Heracleous

Introduction

The title ‘discourse theory’ implies a unified body of concepts that together make up this theory. Nothing could be further from this state of affairs (and perhaps rightly so). A more representative term would be ‘discourse theories,’ paying heed to the multiplicity of theoretical antecedents to the field (Heracleous, 2006; Phillips & Oswick, 2012). The concept of organizational discourse refers to collections of texts patterned by deeper structures or common features that cut across particular texts (Heracleous & Hendry, 2000). Language is the raw material of texts, collections of which make up discourses (Heracleous, 2006).

Despite the multiplicity of antecedents, and bearing in mind some exceptions (such as Wittgenstein's early views about correspondence theories of language expressed in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus ...

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