Philosophical Psychology 4 (3):325-342 (1991)

Abstract This paper presents an evaluation of the role and function of discourse analysis in relation to claims that it promotes critical interventions within psychology. Discourse analysis challenges the function, truth claims and methodological adequacy of psychological practices, through attending to difference, resistance, relativism and reflexivity. However, these features pose theoretical and conceptual difficulties, particularly if a theoretically motivated position is attributed to the framework itself, rather than the ways it has been taken up and used. I explore how these issues are played out in the arenas of (a) research practice, (b) teaching discourse analysis, and (c) everyday discursive clashes. As with other approaches that have generated methodological innovations, discourse analysis can work to support, rather than challenge, mainstream psychological practices. In order to maintain the fruitful dynamic of discourse analysis, therefore, we should acknowledge the political concerns that motivate our analysis, rather than regard them as a property of the approach itself
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09515089108573034
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,337
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Discourse: Definitions and Contradictions.Ian Parker - 1990 - Philosophical Psychology 3 (2 & 3):187 – 204.
Disputation by Design.Sally Jackson - 1997 - Argumentation 12 (2):183-198.
Foucault, the Author, and the Discourse.Hans Sluga - 1985 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 28 (1-4):403 – 415.
Reichenbach and Smart on Temporal Discourse.Jon Torgerson - 1988 - Philosophy Research Archives 14:381-394.


Added to PP index

Total views
36 ( #316,206 of 2,507,885 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #416,715 of 2,507,885 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes