This study demonstrates a textual approach to analyzing policy documents to establish a method of study applicable to any social policy documents. This method should be analytically adequate to this kind of material and of critical interest both from the standpoint of substantive policy areas (here, policy on ageing and "the aged") and the broader standpoints of democratic practice, social stratification and the emancipatory possibilities of social theory. This study should interest policy analysts, critical discourse analysts, sociologists and social gerontologists.
Preface i Introduction 1 Chapter One Methodical Principles and Key Concepts of Textual Analysis 31 Chapter Two What is a Policy Report? 71 Chapter Three Policy Reports as Scripts of Government 103 Chapter Four Social Policy Reports and Cultural Coding Problems 137 Chapter Five Naming and Knowing: An Application of Legisign Analysis 173 Chapter Six Structures of Discourse: an Application of Proposition Analysis 211 Chapter Seven Means of Producing Reality and Knowledge Effects in Social Reality Reports 233 Chapter Eight Educative Writing and Social Policy Reports 291 Index 381