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Discursive Psychology

Discursive Psychology
Theory, Method and Applications

First Edition

January 2017 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Discursive Psychology is a theoretical and analytical approach used by academics and practitioners alike, widely applied, though often lost within the complicated web of discourse analysis.

Sally Wiggins combines her expertise in discursive psychology with her clear and demystifying pedagogical approach to produce a book that is committed to student success. This textbook shows students how to put the methodology into practice in a way that is simple, engaging and practical.

PART ONE: Theory
Chapter 1: Discursive Psychology
Chapter 2: DP and other forms of Discourse Analysis
PART TWO: Methods
Chapter 3: Developing a research question
Chapter 4: Data collection and management
Chapter 5: Transcribing and coding data
Chapter 6: Analysing data using DP
Chapter 7: Discursive devices
Chapter 8: Writing up and presenting DP analyses
PART THREE: Applications
Chapter 9: DP topics, case-studies and project ideas
Chapter 10: Applications and future developments

This is a timely and exciting contribution to Discourse Analysis work in Psychology. Authoratitive, accessible and working with new developments in discursive psychological research, it is a useful read for new and established scholars alike.

Sarah Riley
Aberystwyth University

Wiggins has produced a text which is at the same time authoritative and readable; combining smart scholarship with engaging writing.  It offers a comprehensive account of the development, current status and future of discursive psychology which is up to date and a must read for anyone wanting to know about this important disciplinary area.  Wiggins’ depth of understanding shines through as she elegantly captures the complexities of the field.  

Jonathan Potter
Rutgers University

Discursive psychologists take a strong line on psychological issues, insisting that attitudes, emotions, identities and the like be analysed as public, inspectable features of social interaction. Wiggins’ book is an inviting, and utterly comprehensive, guide to discursive psychology. A delightful read for students and academics seeking to find what lies beyond cognitivism.

Jakob Cromdal
Linkoping University

This book is a real ‘game-changer’, and one that those of us who teach discursive psychology have needed for years.  Students now have an accessible and comprehensive guide to this intellectually vibrant approach, which includes lots of clear examples, useful practical advice and ideas for students doing their own projects.  Wiggins succeeds in her aim of demystifying discursive psychology and challenging those who would argue that it is too complicated for undergraduate students.  This is a fine book that deserves to be used widely in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in psychology and beyond.

Stephen Gibson
York St John University

This book provides “one-stop shopping” with respect to helping readers develop familiarity with DP, and the types and functions of DP devices, through actual practice.

Clare Macmartin
University of Guelph

Easily the most comprehensive book, to date, that situates and differentiates a Discursive Psychological approach with other discourse analytic approaches, and follows up with a 'how-to' scaffolding of analytic examples that both novices and seasoned veterans will find eminently readable, crisp, and helpful.  

Neill Korobov
University of West Georgia

This book has achieved something very unique. It provides a compelling argument for the specific commitments and benefits of a Discursive Psychology (DP) approach to analysing talk and text but does so in a way that is not at all exclusionary or imperialist with regards to its treatment of other forms of discourse analytic work. Indeed, readers of this book (be they the student novice or the more experienced analyst) will emerge with not only with a greater appreciation of DP, but also with a clearer understanding of the structure of the broader terrain of discourse analysis and DP's particular place within it. Moreover, this feat is pulled off with an engaging style that will make this book approachable to all. I will certainly be using this book in both my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 

Tim Kurz
University of Bath

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Chapter 1: Discursive Psychology

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