Getting at the facts: The fabrication and action of truth within lifelong learning policy

Year: 2005

Author: Nicoll, Katherine

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper seeks to extend work previously published that points to the importance of rhetorical analysis to policy studies. It considers the rhetorical work of policy and makes the suggestion that we may fruitfully pay some attention to the work of rhetoric in our own formulations. For the author, rhetorical analysis helps point to a politics of discourse at play through and between policy and its analysis. By exploring the detail of rhetoric, in this case of a UK government's policy text of lifelong learning, alternative possibilities for the fabrication and action of truth may be encountered. This paper points to some of the conceptual resources upon which one can draw in undertaking rhetorical deconstructions of policy texts and discourses, and to the potential of one's own role as rhetorician.