Discourse, Identity and Socialisation: a textual analysis of the ‘accounts’ of students social workers

Karen Roscoe, Andrew Pithouse

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This article draws on interview data from student social workers engaged in assessing the needs of adults in Wales, UK. The data were collected as part of a doctoral study conducted by the lead author (Roscoe, 2014), which utilised a form of discourse analysis to explore students’ accounts as ‘texts’. The concept of ‘text’ refers to an account, exchange or narrative and can be interpreted
at a number of levels (Halliday, 1978). Texts represent personal, occupational and professional domains of meaning, and through textual analysis, we can grasp the way occupational identity and day-to-day practices are constructed through subjective and institutional sets of knowledge, values and beliefs. This article will draw upon Fairclough’s (1989) method of critical discourse analysis
to explore and interpret student texts and, in doing so, will reveal their multi-layered character in respect of cultural, social and political influences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-362
Number of pages19
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Issue number3
Early online date11 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • s critical discourse analysis
  • identity
  • professional socialisation
  • genres


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