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Discourse and Social Psychology - Silencing Binaries

Wetherell, Margaret and Potter, Jonathan (1998). Discourse and Social Psychology - Silencing Binaries. Theory and Psychology, 8(3) pp. 377–388.

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This paper responds to the critical points raised by Morgan (1998) about Discourse and Social Psychology. She suggests that the book is organized around basic binaries (inner/outer, representation/reality, nature/culture) which reflect and reproduce logocentricism and thereby phallogocentricism, and she proposes that the phenomenon of silence is one which is simultaneously of particular concern to women and beyond the limits of a discourse approach. The response takes issue with the philosophical idealism and gender essentialism of these arguments, stressing that binaries are made sexist or progressive in the context of specific ideological practices. We disagree with both her identification of binaries in Discourse and Social Psychology and their claimed consequences. The paper ends by outlining some ways in which silence can be approached from conversation analytic and discourse analytic perspectives, and raising some reflexive questions about Morgan's own construction of gender and silence.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1999 Sage Publications
ISSN: 1461-7447
Keywords: binaries; discourse analysis; discursive psychology; logocentrism; silence
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 24352
Depositing User: Margaret Wetherell
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 11:24
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 15:39
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