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Title: Re-reading discourse and social psychology: transforming social psychology
Authors: Potter, Jonathan
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell © The British Psychological Society
Citation: POTTER, J., 2012. Re-reading discourse and social psychology: transforming social psychology. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51 (3), pp. 436 - 455.
Abstract: This paper considers one theme in the contemporary legacy of Potter and Wetherell's (1987) Discourse and Social Psychology. It overviews the context that led to that book and considers a series of critical responses from both experimental and critical/qualitative social psychologists. It refutes criticisms and corrects confusions. Focusing on contemporary discursive psychology, it highlights (a) its rigorous use of records of actual behaviour; (b) its systematic focus on normative practices. In methodological terms, it (a) highlights limitations in the use of open-ended interviews; (b) considers the way naturalistic materials provide access to participants’ own orientations and displays; (c) builds a distinctive logic of sampling and generalization. In theoretical terms, it (a) highlights the way discourse work can identify foundational psychological matters; (b) offers a novel approach to emotion and embodiment; (c) starts to build a matrix of dimensions which are central to the constructing and recognizing of different kinds of social actions. It now offers a fully formed alternative social psychology which coordinates theory and method and a growing body of empirical work.
Description: This article was published in the journal, British Journal of Social Psychology [© The British Psychological Society] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8309.2011.02085.x
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2011.02085.x
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15124
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8309.2011.02085.x
ISSN: 0144-6665
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