Discourse Analysis Part 1: Discursive Psychology

Discourse Analysis Part 1: Discursive Psychology

From a lecture given in 2015
by Graham R Gibbs at the University of Huddersfield
This session introduces the idea of discourses and discourse analysis. It begins with a considerations of some of the historical origins of the approaches in the work of Wittgenstein, Austin and Sacks and then examines the range of current ideas about discourses and the schools or styles of analysis to be found. Two in particular are examined here: Discursive Psychology and Foucauldian Discourse Analysis. The rest of this session is then devoted to looking at some of the ideas of discursive psychology developed by Potter, Wetherell and others.

Sounds and music: ‘Fifth Avenue Stroll’ from iLife Sound Effects,

Images: Freizeitanlage Kräwinklerbrücke, Kräwinklerbrücke in Remscheid
by Frank Vincentz, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Potter, J. and Wetherell, M. (1987) Discourse And Social Psychology: Beyond Attitudes And Behaviour, London: Sage
Pomerantz, A. (1980). Telling my side: “Limited access’ as a “fishing” device. Sociological inquiry, 50(3‐4), 186-198.
Potter, J. (1996) Representing Reality: Discourse, Rhetoric And Social Construction; London: Sage.
Palmer, D (1997) The methods of madness: recognizing delusional talk. PhD Thesis, University of York.


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