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Title: A discursive psychological analysis of broadcast Evangelical Christian discourse in the UK and the US
Authors: Xanthopoulou, Penny D.
Keywords: Broadcast Evangelical discourse
Discursive psychology
Conversation analysis
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Penny D Xanthopoulou
Abstract: Christian belief is widespread and deep-rooted in most cultures in Western societies. Nevertheless, research that focuses on `spiritual` belief and religiosity is relatively rare in psychology. Developments in the social sciences, especially after the emergence of Social Constructionism, gave rise to different kinds of Social Psychologies and thus have provided new methodologies of approaching and investigating social phenomena. This thesis aims to contribute to the current Psychological research on religion by looking at Evangelical broadcast discourse. Using a Social Constructionist perspective, this project adopts a Discursive Psychology framework to empirically investigate the Evangelical discursive practices as they are (re)produced on television and the internet. By looking at testimonies, accounts of divine intervention in people‟s lives, argumentation and the use of specific formulations and `rhetorical devices`, the study attempts to explore how the Evangelical discourse practices are produced as ideological phenomena. The materials used in this study are episodes that have been broadcast in the UK and the US and are treated as interactional and communicative data. These comprise of 29 hours of video and web recordings that are naturally occurring data, mainly from the God TV (US) and the flagship TV channel God Channel (UK), which were transcribed using the Jeffersonian method. I propose that a Discursive analytic approach to ideological informed talk, such as Evangelical broadcast discourse, offers a valuable insight into the workings of such discourses, through the empirical analysis of ongoing and naturally occurring interactions. Specifically, the aim of this study is to highlight the rich and complex set of discursive and conversational practices that are used by individuals taking part in advising, or discussing personal and social issues within Evangelical Christian institutional settings. Therefore, this thesis is an exploration of how members of the Evangelical community manage their `accounting` and `story telling` practices in a commercial/broadcast environment. Moreover the thesis attempts to demonstrate the value of Discursive Psychology in showing the intricate turn by turn organization of such practices.
Description: Closed Access. A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.
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