The article reviews different proposals in the field of sociology (or neighbouring disciplines) that use some instrumental and/or conecptual elements of Social Network Analysis to realise the analysis of texts and/or discourses. Although the relationist approach has an evident tradition in discourse analysis, the proposals that apply the idea of network and the concepts of social networks to text analysis have appeared only in the decade of the eighties. However, some of these proposals do not overcome the problems of categorial analysis, which have as a main drawback the fragmentation of text. Only some of the proposals use the network approach to preserve the articulation of text and its semantic and syntactic structures. Jointly with an exhaustive examination of these latter proposals and their forerunners, the article presents a collection of procedures -that the authors have called Network Discourse Analysis- that develop the network perspective applied to text analysis and that insist particularly on the work of interpretation and con-textualization of discourse.
|Journal||Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas (REIS)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2003|