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1. Covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.
2. Proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather than intuition.

[Medieval Latin discursīvus, from Latin discursus, running about; see discourse.]

dis·cur′sive·ly adv.
dis·cur′sive·ness n.
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Noun1.discursiveness - the quality of being discursive
indirectness - having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
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From this perspective, the IA blog and the PCE website add to the discursiveness of putting sex into discourse.
It presupposes and performs the kind of discursiveness that enlarges thought up to the point of inclusive universality and makes education a preparation of demonstrative acts.
First, it reflects on the materiality and discursiveness of digital traces, and on their heuristic value.
These lines from 1979's "Litany" (italics in the original) condense much of what I love in Ashbery--the attention to modern life's banalities and frustrations, the discursiveness that unspools like fishing line, the faux naivete, the peculiarity, the turn at the end to acknowledge a life with others (friends, lovers, readers).
It presupposes and performs the kind of discursiveness that enlarges thought up to the point of inclusive universality and makes education a preparation of demonstrative acts, what Peters' philosophy combats at a much deeper level seems to me to be the self-exculpating and self-serving Eurocentrism that left the Western, profit seeking self unchallenged, allowed it to use universalism as a pretext, excuse and rationalization of expansion and has by now homogenized universalism enough to turn it into the West's scapegoat.
The discursiveness between magazines aimed at female teenage readers and women's magazines such as Claudia (Brazilian magazine for women), Marie Claire (international monthly magazine for women), or AnaMaria (weekly Brazilian magazine for women) seems to play the role of maintaining and training this gender readers and consumers.
Heywood refers to political discursiveness, claiming that education only means providing information, engaging public interest and stimulating debate, whereas candidates and parties attempt rather at persuading than scientific educating, therefore they may spread incomplete and distorted information (Ibid:255).
Previously uninitiated readers may be confused by the book's discursiveness.
The differences in space and time highlight a sharp difference in tone, with the latter novel emitting an atmosphere of harsh and unrelieved intensity and the former, a more equable discursiveness as it meanders through the years.
Because of this work, many writing centers modified their tutor education, attempted to hire a more diverse staff, and did their best to advocate the writing center as a "safe" place for a variety of student voices and experiences, all while simultaneously grappling with the accuracy and appropriateness of the term "safe" for the discursiveness of the writing center.
An informal discursiveness belies the honed craftsmanship of the prose.
Much of the book's vitality springs from Alexander's early discursiveness, her effort of circling back from the wilds." LYNELL GEORGE