First published in 1993, this book provides clear illustrations of discourse analytic work and empirical critiques of the traditional psychological approaches. Drawing on a range of examples, the contributors argue that identity, deeply felt emotions, prejudice, and attitudes to social issues are created by the language that describes them rather than being intrinsic to the individual. In illustrating the variety of methods available through their studies of punk identity, sexual jealousy, images of nature, political talk, sexism in radio, education case conferences and occupational choice, the contributors provide a challenging presentation of discourse analysis in a psychological context.
Table of Contents
Lists of contributors; 1 Introduction — discourse analysis: the turn to the text Erica Burman and Ian Parker; Part I The textual construction of psychology; 2 Occupational career choice: accounts and contradictions James Moir 3 Political discourse: talking about nationalisation and privatisation Harriette Marshall and Bianca Raabe 4 Discourses of nature: argumentation and power Philip Macnaghten; Part II The rhetorics of politics and identity; 5 Justifying injustice: broadcasters’ accounts of inequality in radio Rosalind Gill 6 Autobiography and change: rhetoric and authenticity of ‘Gothic’ style Sue Widdicombe 7 Discoursing jealousy Paul Stenner; Part III Discourse, action and the research process; 8 Case-conference analysis and action research Deborah Marks 9 against discursive imperialism, empiricism and constructionism: thirty-two problems with discourse analysis Ian Parker and Erica Burman; Name index; Subject Index