The use of deconstruction in postmodernist enquiry

Year: 1994

Author: Graham, Anne

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper examines how a poststructuralist/deconstruction framework can be used in contemporary research in the workplace to address issues of subjectivity, discourse and power.

This approach is utilised in an attempt to show that established meanings, values and power relations need not be taken for granted. It is possible, and this paper will provide some examples, to demonstrate where these power relations come from, whose interests they support, how they maintain control, and where there is a possibility for pressure to be applied for change.

Opportunities will be provided for discussion of the appropriateness of deconstruction as an analytic tool for enquiry in the context of education and training.