Foucault@Wiki: first steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of Wiki discourses

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Foucault@Wiki: first steps towards a conceptual framework for the analysis of Wiki discourses is a 2006 conference paper written in English by Christian Pentzold, Sebastian Seidenglanz and published in WikiSym.

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In this paper, we examine the discursive situation of Wikipedia. The primary goal is to explore principle ways of analyzing and characterizing the various forms of communicative user interaction using Foucault"s discourse theory. First, the communicative situation of Wikipedia is addressed and a list of possible forms of communication is compiled. Second, the current research on the linguistic features of Wikis, especially Wikipedia, is reviewed. Third, some key issues of Foucault"s theory are explored: the notion of "discourse", the discursive formation, and the methods of archaeology and genealogy, respectively. Finally, first steps towards a qualitative discourse analysis of the English Wikipedia are elaborated. The paper argues, that Wikipedia can be understood as a discursive formation that regulates and structures the production of statements. Most of the discursive regularities named by Foucault are established in the collaborative writing processes of Wikipedia, too. Moreover, the editing processes can be described in Foucault"s terms as discursive knowledge production.

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This publication has 12 references. Only those references related to wikis are included here:

  • "Wikipedians’ Sense of Community, Motivations, and Knowledge Building" (create it!) [search]
  • "Cooperation and Conflict Between Authors with History Flow Visualization" (create it!) [search]
  • "Collaborative Authoring on the Web. A Genre Analysis of Online Encyclopedias" (create it!) [search]

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