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Title: A model of discourse in action
Authors: Potter, Jonathan
Edwards, Derek
Wetherell, Margaret
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: © SAGE Publications
Citation: POTTER, J. ... et al., 1993. A model of discourse in action. American Behavioral Scientist, 36 (3), pp. 383 - 401.
Abstract: In the last fifteen years or so a number of varied strands of research have been dubbed 'discourse analysis': speech act orientated studies of conversational coherence (e.g. Coulthard and Montgomery, 1981); so called 'discourse processes' work on story grammars and the like (e.g. van Dijk and Kintch, 1983); the 'Continental' discourse analysis of Foucault (e.g. 1971), which has been concerned to show the way different cultural entities are constituted discursively as well as the historical development of that constitution; and finally specific developments within the sociology of science which arose in part as a consequence of methodological debates on the role of discourse in research methods (e.g. Gilbert and Mulkay, 1984). The approach we have developed (Edwards and Potter, 1992; Potter and Wetherell, 1987; Wetherell and Potter, 1988) draws on important features of both the Continental and the sociology of science work; although it is also strongly influenced by developments in conversation analysis (e.g. Atkinson and Heritage, 1984) and rhetoric (e.g. Billig, 1987). It also emphasises the centrality of constructionist processes (Gergen, 1985); and this is a facet of discourse analysis we will develop further in the current article.
Description: This article was published in the journal, American Behavioral Scientist [© Sage Publications] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002764293036003008
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0002764293036003008
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9427
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0002764293036003008
ISSN: 0002-7642
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