Studying Reconfigurations of Discourse: Tracing the Stability and Materiality of "Sustainability/Carbon"

Ingmar Lippert

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The stability of a discourse is not given but produced. It is achieved in the configuration of the dispositif. The paper approaches dispositif as a practical ongoing assembling of semiotic and material entities. The article presents an assemblage of theories, methods and methodologies that allow tracing how heterogeneous entities are (re)(con)figured to achieve performing a discourse's stability. Using mundane office practices that configure the corporate sustainability/carbon discourse as an example, the article spells out how qualitative data analysis, grounded theory and Science and Technology Studies approaches can be interwoven to pursue a grounded and generalisable ethnographic study of discourse.
Original languageEnglish
JournalZeitschrift für Diskursforschung
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)32-54
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • method assemblage
  • sustainability
  • actor-network theory
  • qualitative data analysis
  • discourse
  • dispositif
  • methodology
  • configuration


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