Situated Discourse and Essential Terms

Situated Discourse and Essential Terms

Timothy Schoechle (University of Colorado, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-334-0.ch005
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The research for this work is based on the thesis that standardization is moving from public formal bodies to more private consortia. A relevant question is why? Another basic question is what do these key words mean? In any case, the approach taken in this study is analysis of historical and current discourses about standardization from the perspective of a separate discourse about privatization, the enclosure discourse. The latter discourse was examined in the previous chapters to establish a perspective for analysis. This chapter seeks to identify the essential terms of the discourse of standards and standardization and to establish meanings. First, however, it is useful to briefly note the way in which much of the current standards discourse is situated and how it has been researched.
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…communication is a symbolic process whereby reality is produced, maintained, repaired, and transformed.

—James Carey, 1989


Essential Terms Of The Discourse

Many terms of the discourse on standards and their usage will emerge in the research below, but several deserve special focus and some initial explanation. Of particular importance are: public and private, public sector and private sector, sectoral, and, most important of all, open.2

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