At the end of this post, you will also find a few comments on the limitations of this toolbox plus a list of literature that you can turn to if you want to learn more.
So you have formulated a research question, have collected source material, and are now ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into your sources.
Try to find additional information on the producer of your source material, as well as their institutional and personal background.
For example, if you are analysing news articles, take a look at the kind of newspaper that the articles are from (Jäger 2004: 175): Who are the author and the editorial staff, what is the general political position of the paper, and what is its affiliation with other organizations?
Disciplines: Anthropology, Business and Management, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Geography, Health, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Social Policy and Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology Critical discourse analysis (CDA) is a theoretical and methodological framework that allows one to examine the constitutive role that discourses play in contemporary society.
Its origins lie in applied linguistics, and it has been developed by scholars such as Norman ...
Discourse analysis is a useful tool for studying the political meanings that inform written and spoken text.
In other posts, I have provided a quick video introduction to the topic, and have discussed the ideas behind discourse theory, the main questions that students and researchers will likely ask as they set up their discourse analysis project, and the things that are worth keeping in mind when working with East Asian language sources.
Write down what language your source is written in, what country and place it is from, who wrote it (and when), and who published it (and when).
Also try to have a record of when and how you got your hands on your sources, and to explain where others might find copies.