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Discursive psychology is a school of psychology developed in the 1990s by Jonathan Potter and Derek Edwards at Loughborough University. It is based on the philosophy of language of the later Wittgenstein, and the conversation analysis of Harvey Sacks. Discursive psychologists tend to make very detailed studies of the 'real world' use of language, in an attempt to see how language functions as a social process. In particular, these studies highlight the way people construct versions of 'mental', 'social' and 'material' events and processes as parts of particular practices. Recently the focus has been on interaction in everyday and institutional settings such as relationship counselling, child protection helplines, and neighbour mediation. It is philosophically opposed to more traditional cognitivist approaches to language. Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul. ... Jonathan Potter is Professor of Discourse Analysis at the Loughborough University. ... Derek Edwards is a professor of psychology at the Discourse and Rhetoric Group at the University of Loughborough. ... Loughborough University Epinal Way Entrance 2004 Loughborough Universitys campus from the towns Carillon tower Loughborough University is a higher education institution based in England. ... Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), pictured here in 1930, made influential contributions to Logic and the philosophy of language, critically examining the task of conventional philosophy and its relation to the nature of language. ... Conversation analysis is the study of talk in interaction. ... Harvey Sacks was a sociologist in the ethnomethodology tradition. ... The word cognitivism is used in several ways: In ethics, cognitivism is the philosophical view that ethical sentences express propositions, and hence are capable of being true or false. ...


Further reading

Edwards, D (1997) Discourse and Cognition. London: Sage.


Edwards, D., & Potter, J. (1992). 'Discursive Psychology' (ISBN 0803984421) London: Sage.


Harré, Rom, & Gillet, Grant. (1994). The Discursive Mind . London: Sage.


Hepburn, A., & Potter, J. (2004). Discourse analytic practice. In C. Seal & G. Gobo & J. F. Gubrium & D. Silverman (Eds.), Qualitative research practice (pp. 180-196). London, UK: Sage Publications.


Potter, J. (1996). Discourse analysis and constructionist approaches: Theoretical background. In J. T. E. Richardson (Ed.), Handbook of qualitative research methods for psychology and the social sciences (pp. 125-140). Leicester: BPS Books.


Potter, J. (1996). Representing reality: Discourse, rhetoric and social construction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Potter, J. (2003). Discourse analysis and discursive psychology. In P. M. Camic & J. E. Rhodes & L. Yardley (Eds.), Qualitative research in psychology (pp. 73-94). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Potter, J. & Hepburn, A. (2003). I’m a bit concerned – Early actions and psychological constructions in a child protection helpline, Research on Language and Social Interaction, 36, 197-240.


Potter, J., & Wetherell, M. (1987). Discourse and social psychology: Beyond attitudes and behaviour. London, UK: Sage Publications.


Potter, J., & Wetherell, M. (1995). Discourse analysis. In J. A. Smith & R. Harre & L. V. Langenhove (Eds.), Rethinking methods in psychology (pp. 91-92). London, UK: Sage Publications.


Wetherell, M., & Potter, J. (1988). Discourse analysis and the identification of interpretative repertoires. In C. Antaki (Ed.), Analysing everyday explanation: A casebook of methods (pp. 168-183). London, UK: Sage Publications.


Wetherell, M., & Potter, J. (1992). Mapping the language of racism: Discourse and the legitimation of exploitation. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf.


Wilkinson, S. (2000). Women with breast cancer talking causes: Comparing content, biographical and discursive analyses. Feminism & Psychology, 10(4), 431-460.


Wilkinson, S., & Kitzinger, C. (2000). Thinking differently about thinking positive: A discursive approach to cancer patients' talk. Social Science & Medicine, 50(6), 797-811.


Wood, L. & Kroger, R. (2000). Doing discourse analysis: Methods for studying action in talk and text. London: Sage Publications


Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), pictured here in 1930, made influential contributions to Logic and the philosophy of language, critically examining the task of conventional philosophy and its relation to the nature of language. ...


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