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Discursive Psychology in Practice

Edited by:
  • Rom Harre - University of Oxford & Georgetown University, Washington
  • Peter Stearns - Carnegie-Mellon University, USA


September 1995 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the last decade, many diverse streams of thought have come together in an international movement to reject the traditional view that a `scientific' psychology must rely on an experimental methodology. Underpinning this movement is the principle that the main characteristics of human life are best understood as produced through discourse. This `discursive' psychology has found adherents across the range of psychological disciplines and has ushered in a completely revised understanding of the subject.

This volume shows how to put these theoretical and methodological insights to work in the investigation of concrete problems in psychology. The internationally renowned contributors re-examine a range of traditional psychological topics, from decision-making, memory and attribution to emotions, learning and the self, and in the process map out the foundations of a new psychology.

Rom Harr[ac]e and Peter Stearns
Introduction
Psychology as Discourse Analysis  
 
PART ONE: DISMANTLING THE INNER/OUTER DISTINCTION: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTION, MEMORY AND EXOTIC COGNITIVE STATES
Derek Edwards and Jonathan Potter
Remembering
Peter Stearns
Emotion
Nancy C Much and Manamohan Mahapatra
Constructing Divinity
 
PART TWO: COGNITION IN PUBLIC: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DECISION AND ACTION
Derek Edwards and Jonathan Potter
Attribution
Rom Harr[ac]e
Agentive Discourse
Donal Carbaugh
Decision-Making
 
PART THREE: THE LANGUAGE GAME OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
Christina Erneling
Language Development
 
PART FOUR: SOME USES OF TRADITIONAL METHODS
Muriel Egerton
Emotions and Discursive Norms
Sandra L Calvert
Pictorial Discourse and Learning

`This book is a fascinating collection of strands woven together to give a picture of how discursive methods provide a more detailed and fuller understanding of various phenomena which have long been the focus of psychological activity... it provides the reflective practitioner with new ways of looking at existing problems, and it may lead to a re-evaluation of the way we see and understand our world. Many of the chapters touch on issues which are central to our work as psychologists; it is invigorating to explore alternative constructions and therefore I recommend this book' - British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology Newsletter

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