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Discursive Psychology

Classic and contemporary issues

Edited by Cristian Tileaga, Elizabeth Stokoe

Routledge – 2016

Series: Explorations in Social Psychology

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Over the past twenty five years discursive psychology has become an influential field in its home discipline of psychology, as well as in many other academic disciplines, with national and international impact. This will be the first collection to systematically and critically appraise its foundational, classic studies, exploring central concepts in social psychology such as prejudice, attitudes, gender, cognition, memory, and ideology and discussing how discursive psychology has influenced the development of these fields.

International contributors look back at the innovations made in classic papers under discussion, and consider the impact on, trajectory of, and contribution to subsequent work. The book questions how discursive psychology has accommodated and responded to assumptions contained in classic studies and discusses what can still be gained from a ‘dialogue’ with these classic studies, and which epistemological and methodological debates are still running, or are worth ‘resurrecting’.

Each chapter summarizes a classic paper on the subject and locates it in its academic context - identifying the concerns that motivated the author and the particular perspective that informed their thinking. Each chapter goes on to identify the main empirical, theoretical or methodological contribution of the paper and its impact on subsequent work in discursive psychology, including the contributors own work. It concludes with a critical consideration of how discursive psychology can continue to develop.

This book will make a timely contribution and advance discursive psychology by fostering critical perspectives upon its intellectual and empirical agenda. It will appeal to those working in the area of discursive psychology, discourse analysis and social interaction, including researchers, social psychologists and students.


Part 1

Introduction: Contemporary Discursive Psychology

Cristian Tileagă and Elizabeth Stokoe

Part 2– Epistemology and method

Chapter 1

Conversation Analysis, Discursive Psychology and Politics: A Critical Engagement

Ann Weatherall

Chapter 2

Reality: Death and Resurrection

Kenneth J. Gergen

Chapter 3

Conversation Analysis and Psychology: Taking Up the Challenge of Sacks’s Legacy

Alexandra Kent

Chapter 4

Natural and Contrived Data

Simon Goodman and Susan Speer

Part 3 - Cognition, emotion and psychological thesaurus

Chapter 5

What Happened to Post-Cognitive Psychology?

Hedwig te Molder

Chapter 6

From Loughborough With Love: How Discursive Psychology Rocked the Heart of Social Psychology’s Love Affair With Attitudes.

Sally Wiggins

Chapter 7

Discursive Psychology and Emotion

Alexa Hepburn and Carrie Childs

Chapter 8

Recasting the Psychologist’s Question: Children’s Talk as Social Action

Carly Butler

Chapter 9

Displayed Understanding and Interactional Competence – Seeing the Inside From the Outside of Children’s Minds.

Karin Osvaldsson

Part 4 – Social categories, identity and memory

Chapter 10

Reorienting Categories as a Members' Phenomena

Richard Fitzgerald

Chapter 11

SomeRelevant Things about Identities in Discursive Psychology

Sue Widdicombe

Chapter 12

Dilemmas of Memory: Text, Context, Pretext

Steve Brown

Chapter 13

Textual Ethnomethodology: Reclaiming Discursive Psychology’s Forgotten Legacy

Frederick Attenborough

Chapter 14

From Script Theory to Script Formulation: Derek Edwards’ Shift from Perceptual-Realism to the Interactional-Rhetorical

Neill Korobov

Part 5 – Prejudice, racism and nationalism

Chapter 15

Re-Theorising Prejudice in Social Psychology: The Rhetorical Turn

Martha Augoustinos

Chapter 16

Implicit Stereotyping as Racial Mobilization

Kevin Durrheim

Chapter 17

Banal Nationalism, Academic Imperialism and Social Psychology: Reflections on Billig’s ‘Nationalism and Richard Rorty: the text as a flag for Pax Americana’.

Stephen Gibson

Chapter 18

Fact and Evaluation in Racist Discourse Revisited

John Dixon

Author Bio

Cristian Tileaga is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Loughborough, UK.

Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of social interaction and Loughborough University, UK, and is acting editor of the British journal of social psychology

Name: Discursive Psychology: Classic and contemporary issues (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: Edited by Cristian Tileaga, Elizabeth Stokoe. Over the past twenty five years discursive psychology has become an influential field in its home discipline of psychology, as well as in many other academic disciplines, with national and international impact. This will be the first collection to...
Categories: Social Psychology, Personality, Attitudes & Persuasion, Social Representation