Foucauldian Discourse Analysis and the Imagination

It occurred to me recently that there is probably a link between FDA and the imagination. These are two topics occupying my mind these days and I intend exploring the link between the two, first through a series of articles, and then in book form, an ePub. 

What is there about FDA that attracts my attention?

When I first started considering FDA it was because I wanted a tool to use to analyse transcripts of interviews I conducted as part of my research into the role of the imagination in the religious conversion of adolescents attending Catholic secondary schools. My purpose for analysing the transcripts again - the first time was with the aid of IPA (interpretative phenomenological analysis) - was to establish a tool to critique the teaching of religious education in Catholic secondary schools. 

To consider that this might be possible is in itself the work of the imagination, my imagination. 


"One of the most important features of Foucault's view is that mechanisms of power produce different types of knowledge which collate information on people's activities and existence. The knowledge gathered in this way further reinforces exercises of power. Foucault refutes the idea that he makes the claim 'knowledge is power' and says that he is interested in studying the complex relations between power and knowledge without saying they are the same thing."

O'Farrell, Clare (2007). Key concepts. Retrieved July 22, 2014 from