Relational Critical Discourse Analysis: A Methodology to Challenge Researcher Assumptions

Vaandering, Dorothy and Reimer, Kristin E. (2021) Relational Critical Discourse Analysis: A Methodology to Challenge Researcher Assumptions. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 20. ISSN 1609-4069

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This paper introduces a new critical peace methodology—Relational Critical Discourse Analysis. For research to contribute to the well-being of people and their societies, traditional research methodologies need to be examined for biases and contributions to societal harm, and new approaches that contribute to just and equitable cultures need to be developed. As two researchers from dominant, privileged populations, we challenged ourselves to do this by creating and employing Relational Critical Discourse Analysis, a new research methodology that provides space for diverse perspectives and emphasizes the researchers’ interconnectedness with their participants. In this paper we describe the methodology and examine how, within one case study, it increased our ability to (a) listen deeply to participants and (b) be personally impacted by what participants are saying.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 15402
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: relational critical discourse analysis, restorative justice, critical peace methodologies, voice-centred relational methods, critical discourse analysis, feminist relational discourse analysis, relational theory
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1 June 2021
Date Type: Publication
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