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Discursive Psychology in Practice

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

August 2012 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the past decade, new, independent thinking in psychology has merged into an international movement that rejects the traditional "scientific" psychology and the reliance on experimental methodology. The movement is underpinned by the principle that human life is best understood through discourse. This "discursive" psychology has found adherents across all psychological disciplines and has ushered in a comprehensively revised understanding of the subject matter. Discursive Psychology in Practice puts these theoretical insights to work as it investigates concrete problems from decision making, memory, and attribution to emotions, learning, and the self in a discursive light, thus mapping out a vision of a new psychology. Discursive Psychology in Practice will be invaluable to students and academics in all areas of psychology who have an interest in applying a discursive perspective.

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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