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Title: Discursive psychology: between method and paradigm
Authors: Potter, Jonathan
Keywords: Constructionism
Discourse analysis
Discursive psychology
Ethnography
Methods
Paradigms
Reflexivity
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: © Sage Publications
Citation: POTTER, J., 2003. Discursive psychology: between method and paradigm. Discourse and Society, 14 (6), pp. 783 - 794
Abstract: Hammersley (2003) criticizes a particular style of discourse research for developing as a distinct paradigm, yet lacking the coherence a paradigm would require. He suggests a range of problems in relation to constructionism, reflexivity and the ‘thin’ model of the human actor, and argues instead for methodological eclecticism in which discourse analytic methods are supplementary to alternatives. This commentary highlights a range of confusions and misunderstandings in this critique. In particular, it highlights the way discourse analytic work is connected to a range of theoretical notions, most fundamentally in its theorizing of discourse itself as a medium oriented to action. It identifies important sources of incoherence that can arise when mixing discourse analytic and more traditional methods. It reiterates the virtues of constructionism, particularly when considering the operation of descriptions, stresses the value of exploring (rather than ignoring) reflexive issues, and emphasizes the rich and nuanced approach to psychology that has been developed in this tradition.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Discourse and Society [© Sage Publications]. The definitive version is available at: http://das.sagepub.com/content/14/6/783
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/09579265030146005
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9434
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09579265030146005
ISSN: 0957-9265
1460-3624
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