Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

Foucauldian Discourse Analysis is a form of discourse analysis, focusing on power relationships in society as expressed through language and practices, and based on the theories of Michel Foucault.

Thomson (2011) poses the following questions to aid discourse analysis: 

  1. What is being represented here as a truth or as a norm?
  2. How is this constructed? What ‘evidence’ is used?  What is left out? What is foregrounded and backgrounded What is made problematic and what is not? What alternative meanings/explanations are ignored? What is kept apart and what is joined together?
  3. What interests are being mobilised and served by this and what are not?
  4. How has this come to be?
  5. What identities, actions, practices are made possible and /or desirable and/or required by this way of thinking/talking/understanding? What are disallowed? What is normalised and what is pathologies?


Thomson, P. (July 10, 2011). A Foucauldian approach to discourse analysis. Retrieved July 9, 2016, from