Foucault@wiki: first steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of wiki discourses

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Foucault@wiki: First steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of wiki discourses
Authors: Christian Pentzold, Sebastian Seidenglanz [edit item]
Citation: WikiSym 2006  : . 2006 August 21-23. Odense, Denmark.
Publication type: Conference paper
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Foucault@wiki: First steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of wiki discourses is a publication by Christian Pentzold, Sebastian Seidenglanz.


[edit] Abstract

In this paper, we examine the discursive situation of Wikipedia. The primary goal is to explore principle ways of analyzing and characterizing the various forms of communicative user interaction using Foucault’s discourse theory. First, the communicative situation of Wikipedia is addressed and a list of possible forms of communication is compiled. Second, the current research on the linguistic features of Wikis, especially Wikipedia, is reviewed. Third, some key issues of Foucault’s theory are explored: the notion of ‘discourse’, the discursive formation, and the methods of archaeology and genealogy, respectively. Finally, first steps towards a qualitative discourse analysis of the English Wikipedia are elaborated. The paper argues, that Wikipedia can be understood as a discursive formation that regulates and structures the production of statements. Most of the discursive regularities named by Foucault are established in the collaborative writing processes of Wikipedia, too. Moreover, the editing processes can be described in Foucault’s terms as discursive knowledge production.

[edit] Research questions

"The paper aims to study the usefulness of discourse theory as a qualitative approach of dealing with Wikipedia as a sociotechnical, highly prolific online collaboration platform."

Research details

Topics: Deliberative collaboration [edit item]
Domains: Linguistics, Communications [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "The primary goal is to explore principle ways of analyzing and characterizing the various forms of communicative user interaction using Foucault’s discourse theory." [edit item]
Research design: Discourse analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article:talk, User:talk, Policy:talk, Discussion and Q&A, Collaboration and coordination [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"First, the paper differentiated between the various ways of communicating in Wikipedia. In a second step, the paper reviewed the current research on Wiki discourses. Third, the paper made use of the discourse theory of Michel Foucault to examine not only the grammar or vocabulary but to develop a holistic approach towards the analysis of Wikipedia. To this end, five steps [see 22] of dealing with Foucault’s notion of discourse as a practice that regulates and structures the production of statements have been outlined: 1. defining a corpus, 2. identifying the rules of production, 3. identifying the rules delimiting the sayable, 4. identifying the rules creating the space for new statements, and 5. identifying the rules ensuring the material and discursive practice. Finally, the paper presented an exemplary analysis of a small section of the discursive material that addressed the first three steps."

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AbstractIn this paper, we examine the discursive sIn this paper, we examine the discursive situation of Wikipedia.

The primary goal is to explore principle ways of analyzing and characterizing the various forms of communicative user interaction using Foucault’s discourse theory. First, the communicative situation of Wikipedia is addressed and a list of possible forms of communication is compiled. Second, the current research on the linguistic features of Wikis, especially Wikipedia, is reviewed. Third, some key issues of Foucault’s theory are explored: the notion of ‘discourse’, the discursive formation, and the methods of archaeology and genealogy, respectively. Finally, first steps towards a qualitative discourse analysis of the English Wikipedia are elaborated. The paper argues, that Wikipedia can be understood as a discursive formation that regulates and structures the production of statements. Most of the discursive regularities named by Foucault are established in the collaborative writing processes of Wikipedia, too. Moreover, the editing processes can be described in Foucault’s terms as discursive knowledge production.terms as discursive

knowledge production.
Added by wikilit teamYes +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
ConclusionFirst, the paper differentiated between tFirst, the paper differentiated between the various ways of communicating in Wikipedia. In a second step, the paper reviewed the current research on Wiki discourses. Third, the paper made use of the discourse theory of Michel Foucault to examine not only the grammar or vocabulary but to develop a holistic approach towards the analysis of Wikipedia. To this end, five steps [see 22] of dealing with Foucault’s notion of discourse as a practice that regulates and structures the production of statements have been outlined: 1. defining a corpus, 2. identifying the rules of production, 3. identifying the rules delimiting the sayable, 4. identifying the rules creating the space for new statements, and 5. identifying the rules ensuring the material and discursive practice. Finally, the paper presented an exemplary analysis of a small section of the discursive material that addressed the first three steps.rial that addressed the first three steps.
Conference locationOdense, Denmark +
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Dates21-23 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Foucault%40wiki%3A%2BFirst%2Bsteps%2Btowards%2Ba%2Bconceptual%2Bframework%2Bfor%2Bthe%2Banalysis%2Bof%2Bwiki%2Bdiscourses%22 +
Has authorChristian Pentzold + and Sebastian Seidenglanz +
Has domainLinguistics + and Communications +
Has topicDeliberative collaboration +
MonthAugust +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeConference paper +
Published inWikiSym 2006 +
Research designDiscourse analysis +
Research questionsThe paper aims to study the usefulness of discourse theory as a qualitative approach of dealing with Wikipedia as a sociotechnical, highly prolific online collaboration platform.
Revid10,779 +
TheoriesThe primary goal is to explore principle ways of analyzing and characterizing the various forms of communicative user interaction using Foucault’s discourse theory.
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleFoucault@wiki: First steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of wiki discourses
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://www.medkom.tu-chemnitz.de/mk/downloads/pentzold_seidenglanz_Wiki.pdf +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle:talk +, User:talk +, Policy:talk +, Discussion and Q&A + and Collaboration and coordination +
Year2006 +