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Using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis to Analyze Young Women’s Constructions of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Gray Brunton, Carol; Todorova, Irina; Petrova, Dafina; Carnegie, Elaine; Whittaker, Anne


Irina Todorova

Dafina Petrova

Anne Whittaker


This case study introduces the reader to Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA) as applied to a cross-cultural project around young women’s constructions of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. We introduce common qualitative research approaches in psychology. We discuss two main types of Discourse Analysis in psychology and why a Foucauldian discourse analysis was adopted here. In this case we examine examples of our data according to Carla Willig’s (2008) approach to Foucauldian discourse analysis using six stages: discursive constructions, discourses, action orientation, positionings, practice and subjectivity. Finally, we consider the main limits and strengths with a Foucauldian discourse analysis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 31, 2017
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 10, 2017
Journal Sage Research Methods Cases
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine, young women,
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Contract Date Oct 10, 2017