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Discourse and Psychology

Discourse and Psychology

Three Volume Set
Edited by:

May 2007 | 1 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This collection brings together classic and contemporary papers at the boundaries of the fields of discourse studies and psychology. It includes work from the fields of discourse analysis, discursive psychology, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis that is focused on the way psychological issues and topics feature in human discourse. The studies included have been chosen because of their position as key articles and chapters in the development of the emerging field of discourse and psychology and because of their influence on subsequent work.

The volumes are organized to highlight different strands of work:
  • Volume 1: Theory and Method
  • Volume 2: Discourse and Social Psychology
  • Volume 3: Discursive Psychology
Each volume is organized thematically for extra clarity and is introduced by an introductory essay by the editor who is himself a key figure in the field. The overall effect is to provide a synoptic integrated account of this exciting and rapidly developing field.
Volume One: Theory and Method
J Coulter
Transparency of Mind
The Availability of Subjective Phenomena

D Smith
K Is Mentally Ill
The Anatomy of a Factual Account

P Stringer
You Decide What Your Title Is to Be and (Read) Write to That Title
R Harr[ac]e
Language Games and the Texts of Identity
K J Gergen
Warranting Voice and the Elaboration of the Self
J Shotter
Bakhtin and Billig
Monological versus Dialogical Practices

D Bogen and M Lynch
Taking Account of the Hostile Native
Plausible Deniability and the Production of Conventional History in the Iran-Contra Hearings

D R Watson
The Presentation of Victim and Motive in Discourse
The Case of Police Interrogations and Interviews

P Drew
Strategies in the Contest between Lawyers and Witnesses
A M Pomerantz
Telling My Side
'Limited Access' as a Fishing Device

M Billig
Prejudice, Categorization and Particularization
From a Perceptual to a Rhetorical Approach

M Mulkay and G N Gilbert
Accounting for Error
How Scientists Construct Their Social World When They Account for Correct and Incorrect Belief

J Potter et al
Noun, Verb or Social Practice

J Potter and M Mulkay
Scientists' Interview Talk
Interviews as a Technique for Revealing Participants' Interpretative Practices

D Edwards
Analyzing Racial Discourse
The Discursive Psychology of Mind-World Relationships

J Potter and A Hepburn
Qualitative Interviews in Psychology
Problems and Possibilities

C Antaki et al
Discourse Analysis Means Doing Analysis
A Critique of Six Analytic Shortcomings

L Suchman and B Jordan
Interactional Troubles in Face-to-Face Survey Interviews
G Myers
Displaying Opinions
Topics and Disagreement in Focus Groups

H Houtkoop-Steenstra and C Antaki
Creating Happy People by Asking Yes/No Questions
Volume Two: Discourse and Social Psychology
R Wooffitt
I Was Just Doing X... When Y
Some Inferential Properties of a Device in Accounts of Paranormal Experiences

C Antaki, S Condor and M Levine
Social Identities in Talk
Speakers' Own Orientations

S Widdicombe
Identity, Politics and Talk
A Case for the Mundane and the Everyday

J Wallwork and J A Dixon
Foxes, Green Fields and Britishness
The Rhetorical Construction of Place and National Identity

D Edwards
The Relevant Thing about Her
Social Identity Categories in Use

J Potter and S Reicher
Discourses of Community and Conflict
The Organization of Social Categories in Accounts of a 'Riot'

J Potter and M Wetherell
Accomplishing Attitudes
Fact and Evaluation in Racist Discourse

M Billig
The Argumentative Nature of Holding Strong Views
A Case Study

M Verkuyten
Attitudes in Public Discourse
Speakers' Own Orientations

S Wiggins
Talking with Your Mouth Full
Gustatory mmms and the Embodiment of Pleasure

M Wetherell, H Stiven and J Potter
Unequal Egalitarianism
A Preliminary Study of Discourses Concerning Gender and Employment Opportunities

R Gill
Justifying Injustice
Broadcasters' Accounts on Inequality in Radio

M Billig
Talking of the Royal Family
M Wetherell and J Potter
Mapping the Language of Racism
Discourse and the Legitimation of Exploitation

M Augoustinos, K Tuffin and M Rapley
Genocide or a Failure to Gel? Racism, History and Nationalism in Australian Talk
N Edley and M Wetherell
Jockeying for Position
The Construction of Masculine Identities

R Lawes
An Analysis of Discourse

S Speer and J Potter
The Management of Heterosexist Talk
Conversational Resources and Prejudiced Claims

E H Stokoe
Talking about Gender
The Conversational Construction of Gender Categories in Academic Discourse

M Wetherell
Positioning and Interpretative Repertoires
Conversation Analysis and Post-Structuralism in Dialogue

Volume Three: Discursive Psychology
C Goodwin
Forgetfulness as an Interactive Resource
D Edwards and J Potter
The Chancellor's Memory
Rhetoric and Truth in Discursive Remembering

D Edwards and J Potter
Language and Causation
A Discursive Action Model of Description and Attribution

D Edwards
Script Formulations
A Study of Event Descriptions in Conversation

D Edwards
But What Do Children Really Think? Discourse Analysis and Conceptual Content in Children's Talk
D Edwards
Toward a Discursive Psychology of Classroom Education
C MacMartin
Disclosure as Discourse
Theorizing Children's Reports of Sexual Abuse

C Antaki
Reading Minds or Dealing with Psychological Implications?
T Auburn
Narrative Reflexivity as a Repair Device for Discounting 'Cognitive Distortions' in Sex Offender Treatment
A McHoul and M Rapley
What Can Psychological Terms Actually Do? (or, if Sigmund Calls, Tell Him It Didn't Work)
R C Wooffitt
Some Properties of the Interactional Organization of Displays of Paranormal Cognition in Psychic-Sitter Interaction
D Edwards
Extreme Case Formulations
Softeners, Investment and Doing Non-Literal

M Wetherell
Paranoia, Ambivalence and Discursive Practices
Concepts of Position and Positioning in Psychoanalysis and Discursive Psychology

M Billig
The Dialogic Unconscious
Psychoanalysis, Discursive Psychology and the Nature of Repression

R Buttny
Social Accountability in Communication
D Edwards
Emotion Discourse
H Frith and C Kitzinger
'Emotion Work' as a Participant Resource
A Feminist Analysis of Young Women's Talk-in-Interaction

A Hepburn
Notes on Description, Transcription and Interaction

C Goodwin
Professional Vision
E Stokoe and A Hepburn
'You Can Hear a Lot through the Walls'
Noise Formulations in Neighbour Complaints


Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter is Professor of Discourse Analysis and Dean of the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough University. He has studied topics such as scientific argumentation, current affairs television, riots, racism, relationship counselling and child protection helplines. His main focus recently has been on the study of helpline interaction, on interaction during family mealtimes, on the conceptualization of cognition in interaction research, and on issues of psychology and institutions. He a world authority on qualitative methods and has written on discourse analysis and discursive psychology, focus... More About Author