What does Foucault mean by ‘discourse’?


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According to Michel Foucault, the term discourse means “an entity of a sequence of signs that they are enouncements”[1]. Enouncement, often translated is an abstract matter that enable allows particular repeatable relations to subjects, objects and other enouncements. Therefore, discourse is a collection of relations to objects, subjects and announcements. Foucault uses the concept of discursive formation, which includes regularities that generate discourses to relate his study of quantitative information which include among others, natural history and political economy.