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.


May 6, 2015 / 16 Comments / by / in
  • Hello to Graham R Gibbs.

    I have watched your video about discourse analysis. Today, I have a lot of questions about it, Yes, discourse analysis is not easly understood. being a student at studying english ( it is my second language for teaching ). could sir give some advices and make it clear to me. if you are not annoyed about my question, could you give your contact.

    Thank Sir so much, My english is not good.

  • Marktin John, I can imagine it is very difficult for you working in your second language to pick up the subtle and rapid linguistic actions that DA looks at. Not even native speakers find it easy to do. Often they use all these various discursive actions without necessarily being aware of them. One of the best books I have come across for details of how to do DA is: Gee, J. P. (2014). How to do discourse analysis: A toolkit. London: Routledge.

  • Hi Graham, found this video a fantastic help in beginning to understand discourse for my PhD studies. Thank you.

  • This is a life saver! Thank you so much.

  • Thanks Mr. Gibbs !!!
    Understanding DA is so fun, but when it comes to applying it, it really becomes a pickle. Hope this semester I'll succeed in using elements of DP 🙂
    Thanks again

  • Thank you very much, Mr Gibbs. May GOD bless you sir. your virtual student from Nigeria

  • i had a head trauma when i was 9 years old as a result i can not understand conversation meaning i can not interpret the intent of the person talking to me my judgment is terrible the only time i am collected is when i smoke weed then language kinda makes sense to me the rest of the time i am terribly confused and i absolutely can not think what study material will help me ?

  • I very much appreciate having free access to your material on YouTube. In this talk I especially welcomed the historical background in your references to Wittgenstein and Austen. I have been reading Foucault's Archaeology of Knowledge and if one thing struck me about it that was its lack of context or history, as though Foucault was having to develop his ideas from first principles. Ironic really.

  • I just realised you are the creator of the reflective cycle!

  • very helpful. thank you!

  • I like your lesson so much
    Thank you for brightening my idea

  • I really appreciate you for uploading such a great introduction of discourse analysis. I am now studying SFL and my professor just throw me books like Analysing Discourse by Norman Fairclough in Japanese version lol. Can not wait to recommend this video to my classmates at sea.

  • I have been studying applied linguists' approaches to DA (Fairclough etc). So it's really useful to get this broader background. Thanks very much Graham!

  • Hello, I was just wondering where positioning theory would fit into DA? Is it a branch of DA or more of a synonym? Thanks

  • very clear and straight forward, my lecturers don't even talk about the method, tell us to look it up, so thank you, it helps a lot.

  • Very useful. Thank you

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