To 'raise dream and ambition': the rhetorical analysis of a teenage pregnancy strategy

Fallon, D 2006, 'To 'raise dream and ambition': the rhetorical analysis of a teenage pregnancy strategy' , Nursing Inquiry, 13 (3) , pp. 186-193.

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Critical discourse analysis (CDA) has been evident in disciplines such as sociology and cultural studies for many years, and is of increasing interest to nurse scholars internationally. This paper outlines what CDA is and how it might be used as an approach to analysing any health text, using an example from the UK — the teenage pregnancy strategy. Discourses and linguistic techniques used within this document are discussed, together with the potential impact they may have, both on health professionals as readers, and on pregnant teenagers as targets of the strategy. Teenage pregnancy itself is an international concern, prompting different responses from the various governing bodies. When approaches to a health matter are so diverse across the developing world, it is useful to consider how policy analysis using CDA can advance our understanding of the positions taken up by the authors of the policies that might not otherwise be made explicit.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767 Children. Child development
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Inquiry
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13207881
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2007 09:26
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:58

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