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A step too far: Discursive psychology, linguistic ethnography and questions of identity

Wetherell, Margaret (2007). A step too far: Discursive psychology, linguistic ethnography and questions of identity. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 11(5) pp. 661–681.

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This paper argues that linguistic ethnography needs to include psychology as well as language and culture in the list of objects it studies, and build a dialogue with discursive psychology, which similarly focuses on discourse in contexts of use. Discursive psychology, and its variants, are introduced and, using a fragment of interaction from the U.K. reality television programme 'Big Brother' as an illustration, ways of investigating 'personal order' through discursive research are explored. It is argued that the investigation of identity and people's investments in particular identity positions should not be impeded by for instance, conversation analytic methodological prescriptions or the concerns of psycho-social researchers that the study of psychology through the study of language is a step too far.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1360-6441
Keywords: Language and culture; Language and languages; Sociolinguists; Sociology; Speech and social status; Language revival; Ethnology; Anthropology; Socio-psycholinguistic theory; Discursive psychology; Identity; Linguistic ethnography; Psycho-discursive practices
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 15692
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2009 09:18
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:50
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