Sunday, 23 September 2012

Discourse Analysis??

Its a pretty interesting reflection on the conservatism of clinical psychology that we have never had a study conducted in our program using discourse analysis...never.....pretty astounding when you think of all the potential it holds for deconstruction of our practices and all the power plays requiring such......it demonstrates how easy it is to set up a research silo, a product partly of our poor engagement with other disciplines.......

Here is a really great article on it, particularly Foulcault influenced discourse analysis, by Linda Graham from Queensland University of Technology...she quotes Stephen Ball (1995: 267) t “the point about theory is not
that it is simply critical” ..its purpose is  “to engage in struggle, to reveal and undermine what is most invisible and insidious in prevailing practices.”

Her work relates to ADHD and includes critque of the DSM...here.......pretty impressed by her work!!!

Graham, Linda (2006) The Politics of ADHD. In Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 26th-30th November, Adelaide.

This essay offers a critical review of the problem we call “ADHD‿. In the first part of the discussion, the author presents an analysis of the literature surrounding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Adopting a lens informed by the work of Foucault, she teases out the medical and psychological models to show the interdependency between these otherwise competing knowledge-domains. She argues that as it currently stands the construct serves political ends and questions whether a diagnosis of ADHD is helpful - and if so, for whom? In the second part, the author considers what role schooling practices might play in the pathologisation of children and interrogates the ADHD phenomenon as a symptom of the pathologies of schooling. Graham concludes by suggesting how we might arrest the rising rate of diagnosis by thinking 

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