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Foucault@wiki: first steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of wiki discourses
Abstract In 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 team Yes  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion First, 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 location Odense, Denmark +
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Dates 21-23 +
Google scholar url http://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 author Christian Pentzold + , Sebastian Seidenglanz +
Has domain Linguistics + , Communications +
Has topic Deliberative collaboration +
Month August  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Conference paper  +
Published in WikiSym 2006 +
Research design Discourse analysis  +
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.
Revid 10,779  +
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.
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Foucault@wiki: First steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of wiki discourses
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://www.medkom.tu-chemnitz.de/mk/downloads/pentzold_seidenglanz_Wiki.pdf  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article:talk  + , User:talk  + , Policy:talk  + , Discussion and Q&A  + , Collaboration and coordination  +
Year 2006  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 17 October 2012 15:21:59  +
Categories Deliberative collaboration  + , Linguistics  + , Communications  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:27:47  +
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