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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


A term associated with Michel F oucault 's archaeological analysis of forms of thought. The archive is “the general system of the formation and transformation of statements” (1974, p. 130) which exists during a given period within a particular society. It refers to the rules of D iscursive practice through which past statements achieved both their enunciability as events and functioning as things. For Foucault the archive comprises “D iscourse s that have just ceased to be ours,” and its analysis serves to establish “that we are difference, that our reason is the difference of discourses, our history the difference of times, our selves the difference of masks” (ibid., p. 131). See also A rchaeology of knowledge ; D iscursive practices . 1982 : Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics . 1974 : The Archaeology of Knowledge . 1978 : “ Politics and the study of discourse ”. 1989a : “ The archaeology of knowledge ”. 1985 : Michel Foucault . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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