Critical Discursive Psychology by I. Parker

By I. Parker

Serious Discursive Psychology addresses concerns in serious discursive study in psychology, and descriptions the ancient context within the self-discipline for the emergence of qualitative debates. Key serious theoretical assets are defined and assessed and a sequence of polemics is staged that brings jointly writers who've assisted in shaping serious paintings in psychology. It additionally units out methodological steps for severe readings of texts and arguments for the position of psychoanalytic concept in qualitative learn.

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These are interventions which have the aim of sharpening critical reflection on theoretical resources that are often employed by discursive researchers in psychology now – postmodern arguments about the nature of the world in which we conduct our debates, relativist refusals of the kinds of truth assumed by psychologists, and Wittgensteinian notions of language and language games. Critical psychology is, among other things, a battle of ideas, and this Part captures the intensely polemical argumentative nature of what has been happening in the discipline in conferences, seminars and the pages of journals in recent years.

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