Classic and contemporary issues
Edited by Cristian Tileaga, Elizabeth Stokoe
Routledge – 2015
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.
Introduction: Contemporary Discursive Psychology
Cristian Tileagă and Elizabeth Stokoe
Part 2– Epistemology and method
Conversation Analysis, Discursive Psychology and Politics: A Critical Engagement
Reality: Death and Resurrection
Kenneth J. Gergen
Conversation Analysis and Psychology: Taking Up the Challenge of Sacks’s Legacy
Natural and Contrived Data
Simon Goodman and Susan Speer
Part 3 - Cognition, emotion and psychological thesaurus
What Happened to Post-Cognitive Psychology?
Hedwig te Molder
From Loughborough With Love: How Discursive Psychology Rocked the Heart of Social Psychology’s Love Affair With Attitudes.
Discursive Psychology and Emotion
Alexa Hepburn and Carrie Childs
Recasting the Psychologist’s Question: Children’s Talk as Social Action
Displayed Understanding and Interactional Competence – Seeing the Inside From the Outside of Children’s Minds.
Part 4 – Social categories, identity and memory
Reorienting Categories as a Members' Phenomena
SomeRelevant Things about Identities in Discursive Psychology
Dilemmas of Memory: Text, Context, Pretext
Textual Ethnomethodology: Reclaiming Discursive Psychology’s Forgotten Legacy
From Script Theory to Script Formulation: Derek Edwards’ Shift from Perceptual-Realism to the Interactional-Rhetorical
Part 5 – Prejudice, racism and nationalism
Re-Theorising Prejudice in Social Psychology: The Rhetorical Turn
Implicit Stereotyping as Racial Mobilization
Banal Nationalism, Academic Imperialism and Social Psychology: Reflections on Billig’s ‘Nationalism and Richard Rorty: the text as a flag for Pax Americana’.
Fact and Evaluation in Racist Discourse Revisited
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