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.
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
Discourse analysis is a wide ranging area of study that examines the features of language beyond the limits of a sentence — including vocal, written and sign language, along with any significant semiotic events. It has been employed from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives in an attempt to reveal a person’s socio-psychological characteristics through the practical analysis of naturally-occurring language rather than artificially created examples.
Routledge Library Editions: Discourse Analysis brings together an extensive collection of scholarship that reflects the broad scope of the subject area, examining the relationship of discourse to a number of closely related fields including stylistics, pragmatics, speech, conversation, context, anaphora, grammar and psychology. This set, published between 1979 and 1993, provides a thorough grounding in this key discipline for students of linguistics and psychology, and social sciences in general.