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Natural Order: why social psychologists should study (a constructed version of) natural language and why they have not done so

Potter, Jonathan and Wetherell, Margaret (1995). Natural Order: why social psychologists should study (a constructed version of) natural language and why they have not done so. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 14(1-2) pp. 216–222.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0261927X95141012
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Abstract

This article argues that the notion of natural language should be treated with caution, for natural language is not an empirical object so much as the product of a particular analytic stance that is sensitive to the action orientation and sequential embeddedness of discourse. The virtue of studying materials that are generated without the influence of researchers (e.g., records of talk in home and work situations) is pressed. However, it is suggested that social psychologists are impeded in pursuing such a course by their adherence to hypothetico deductivist methods, tocognitivist metatheory, and toetic rather than emic styles of analysis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1995 Sage Publications
ISSN: 1552-6526
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 24357
Depositing User: Margaret Wetherell
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 15:39
Last Modified: 11 May 2011 13:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/24357
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