Visual discourse analysis in historical research: A case of visual archaeology?

Tuomas Kuronen

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In this essay I complement the methodological practice of organizational discourse studies. My contribution lies in using visual discourse analysis in a historical research setting – I call this methodological approach ‘visual archaeology’. I highlight this method by reporting an empirical case from the presidential leadership of Urho Kekkonen of Finland. After going through the research process of my study, I present the emergent photo-essay, showing and explaining my theoretical reading of the empirical material that I collected. The essay concludes with a discussion of the contributions of this approach for the practice of conducting visual discourse studies in historical organizational research.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalManagement & Organizational History
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)52-70
Publication statusPublished - 01.2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 615 History and archaeology
  • discourse-historical approach
  • leadership
  • management history
  • multi-modal discourse analysis
  • qualitative research methods
  • structuralism
  • study of myth
  • Urho Kekkonen
  • visual studies


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