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Discursive Psychology


May 1992 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"It is the combination of a number of insights about language, and their innovative application to other areas of research, that are the hallmarks of discursive psychology. The book is a persuasive account of the insights that discourse analysis can provide, and the benefits of the discursive approach. It is well written and researched. The discusssion of other psychological, sociological and linguistic perspectives, and the discursive analyses of memories and attribution, should provoke the interest of a wide range of social scientists. This book complements and builds on previous work, and makes a significant contribution to the promotion of this important approach." --Gavin Nobes in Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology Discursive Psychology is an accessible, introductory volume that explores the key elements of a discursive approach to psychology. Building on discourse analysis, the authors present an integrated discursive action model which leads to a radical reworking of some of psychology's most central concepts; namely, language, cognition, truth, knowledge, and reality. The implications of a discursive perspective for these topics are explored within the framework of the perceptual-cognitivist emphasis that currently dominates psychology. A particular theme is the reconceptualization of memory and attribution. The authors also examine the communicative and interactional work performed when individuals describe and explain past events, construct factual reports, and attribute mental states. Based on empirical knowledge and research, this volume will be an invaluable tool for students and professionals of psychology, counseling, and communication studies.

 
Introduction
 
The Social and the Cognitive
 
Ulric Neisser's Memory
 
Chancellor Lawson's Memory
 
Texts, Descriptions and Inferences
 
Description as Attribution
 
World-Making and Self-Making
 
Discursive Psychology

`Edwards and Potter present some fine analyses of people's everyday discursive work of remembering and of the attribution of motives, by which a powerful critique of laboratory studies of memory and attribution is provided... the book offers attractive examples of discourse analysis' - Discourse & Society

`In this study, Edwards and Potter make a systematic attempt to make clear the nature, scope and methods of discursive psychology, the (final?) descendant of the revolution against na[um]ive empiricism and positivist metaphysics of the behaviourist tradition... It is evident from the publication of this and other first-class offerings from the Loughborough "stable" that our hopes for a truly scientific psychology now have some chance of being fulfilled' - Rom Harr[ac]e, British Journal of Psychology

`This book is a persuasive account of the insights that discourse analysis can provide, and the benefits of the discursive approach. It is well written and researched. The discussion of other psychological, sociological and linguistic perspectives, and the discursive analyses of memories and attributions, should provoke the interest of a wide range of social scientists... [It] makes a significant contribution to the promotion of this important approach' - Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology

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