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Discourse and Social Psychology: Beyond Attitudes and Behaviour
Potter and Wetherell have genuinely presented us with a different way of working in social psychology. The book's clarity means that it has the power to influence a lot of people ill-at-ease with traditional social psychology but unimpressed with (or simply bewildered by) other alternatives on offer. It could rescue social psychology from the sterility of the laboratory an ...more
Published June 1st 1987 by Sage Publications (CA)
(first published April 22nd 1987)
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I never had the clearest idea about what the discourse psychologists regarded as their field and why - application of DA to social psychology data? use of social psychology ideas in DA? did they have to justify being located in psychology departments? - and I still don't quite, but page by page this book is brilliant, and reframes much of the pragmatics and research methods canon very well. I kept coming across references I should have known but didn't. There is a good chapter near the end on ho ...more
Despite being over two decades old now and somewhat dated, this is still one of the more lucid introductions to discourse analysis. Although--as the title suggests--the emphasis is on social psychology, Potter & Wetherell's ideas have since branched out to other fields as well (sociology, anthropology, etc.). Although there are quite a few introductions to discursive psychology nowadays, I wouldn't mind seeing an updated edition of this one.