A genealogical analysis of the deployment of personality disorder in the UK psychiatric context since 1950: corpus linguistics as an adjunct to a Foucauldian discourse analysis of diachronic corpora of psychiatric texts from 1950 to 2007

Parnell, Mike (2010) A genealogical analysis of the deployment of personality disorder in the UK psychiatric context since 1950: corpus linguistics as an adjunct to a Foucauldian discourse analysis of diachronic corpora of psychiatric texts from 1950 to 2007. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

In order to examine how personality disorder and related concepts have been deployed in UK psychiatric literature over the last 50 years, a number of methodological and theoretical approaches are initially examined. It is concluded that a Foucauldian discourse analytic approach, supported and informed by findings from Corpus Linguistic techniques would provide a means of uncovering discourses surrounding the use of personality disorder in such literature. A new combined methodology is proposed that uses evidence from a Corpus Linguistic analysis to support Willig's six step methodology for Foucauldian Discourse Analysis (Willig 2001b). Three diachronic corpora of UK psychiatric articles are created, covering the 1950s, 1970s and 2000s. These are interrogated using word frequencies, concordance and collocational approaches in order to uncover patterns which reflect discourse changes over these periods.

Evidence for a move from Narrative Discourses towards a dominant Statistical and Scientific Discourse is presented and discussed along with the implications and subject positions associated with these.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Crawford, P.
Manning, N.P.
Keywords: Concepts of personality disorder, Psychiatric literature, Linguistic change, Discourse analysis
Subjects: W Medicine and related subjects (NLM Classification) > WM Psychiatry
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Item ID: 13537
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2013 08:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 01:50
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/13537

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