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discourse

 a complex term one sense of which can be described in the words of Michel Foucault (1926-1984) as the group of statements that belong to a single system of formation - for example political discourse educational discourse psychiatric discourse. In a broader sense however discourse also means a whole way of understanding and constructing the world a system of thought and so is interwoven with issues of social practices and power.