Toolbox - this website

Discourse Toolbox – Convergence Lodge - this website

Here is an outline of the Discourse Toolbox, using the individual tools to learn about this website.

Many other answers would be possible in a complete analysis – this page is to show some of the potential of the techniques, applying it to this website.

  1. Description of the chosen discourse strand. Convergence Lodge is a website I have written over a long time, mostly derived from things I wrote before, plus some gap-filling and re-organising
  2. Examination of the main Discourse(s) – see the academic description of these
    1. Strands – there are 4 main discourse strands – science, art, spirit and humanities
      Each section has sub-strands – e.g spirit section – theosophy, new age and post-modernism
    2. Special discourse / inter – mostly intermediate, with some more specialised writings in the humanities section
    3. Themes – there is an overall theme of relating to the spiritualwebsite tools
    4. Events – not many discourse events are mentioned, except perhaps the “dawning of the age of Aquarius” !!
    5. Planes – mostly on a fairly average, fairly well-informed plane
    6. Positions – it’s difficult for me to see that – I think I take a neutral but curious position
    7. Societal and National Discourses – generally I am describing alternative discourses
  3. Relationship with other Discourses and Entanglement.  Entanglement -  lots of connections between the strands –  I can’t immediately see a pattern in this though ?
  4. The Author(s). Who is the author of the text, and what is their identity ?  - it’s me !
  5. The Reader(s). Who is the Imaginary Reader that the author has in mind ? – perhaps someone in the new age or theosophical movements who is a bit “locked in” to one of those groups. Also for people with a new spiritual impulse who want to know about everything.
  6. The Actor(s). Who (if anyone) are mentioned as able to take action, and how are they referred to ? (and what does this reveal about the way the author thinks ?). Not a lot – some modern spiritual teachers are mentioned, and people are invited to help “fill any gaps” in what I’ve included in the site, and also to join in on the forum, and perhaps to meet each other (?)
  7. Actions and Threats of Action. Are any actions promised by the authors, and are any actions expected or threatened from any other source ? – if there are a few people in any area of the UK, I could go to a meeting with them.
  8. The Dispositive. For more about the dispositive see the academic description in the following pages.
    The Dispositive has 3 main elements – discourses, designs, and decisions, and these should be quite tightly coupled together. The spiritual is an area where this is seldom the case - there is nearly always a mismatch between our discourses and our actions, and we struggle to design our lives in a way that connects with our principles or beliefs.
  9. Power Dynamics. Who has power in this general field, and how is it expressed and referred to ?
    In the spiritual, it usually seems that the power is invisible, un-contactable, and even absent.
    We have some power ourselves, probably connected to responsibility and perseverance.
  10. Global Trends. Some authors have developed hypotheses of global trends, such as the 'new managerial discourse', or the 'new politics'. Can these or any other ideologies or paradigms be detected in the work ?
    Yes, lots about new age, green, theosophical and post-modern movements and their influence.
  11. Internal Syntax and Dynamics. Is the text a Site of Struggle, or are any other Patterns operating within it, such as Unnecessary Repetition. Ermm, not too much repetition I hope ! I’ve tried to diminish the struggle, for example by looking a lot at techniques, where each has its field of success, and boundary areas where it is less successful. This liking of techniques is perhaps a theme of the site
  12. Presentation and Structure. Are there any interesting factors in the physical presentation of the text - colours, typefaces, location in other documents, etc. ? fairly ordinary, some nice pictures.
  13. Ideational. How is the thought of the author transformed into the message s/he has communicated. What can we infer (guess) about the what the author was trying to do ? Ermm, it’s too hard for me to review that myself.
  14. Purpose. What is the overall purpose of the text ? To help people ! (also to help me gather in all best bits in my mind and upgrade them a bit)

 

There are 3 pages with worked examples using the Toolbox –

  • the main description of the toolbox, using the current UK situation for examples  - Covid-19, Brexit, and climate emergency
  • some examples from my dissertation on UK food policy where I used the toolbox to examine the main government “aims and goals” document for food policy
  • an examination of this website using the toolbox