Discourse: noun, verb or social practice?

Potter, Jonathan; Wetherell, Margaret; Gill, Ros and Edwards, Derek (1990). Discourse: noun, verb or social practice? Philosophical Psychology, 3(2 & 3) pp. 205–217.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089008572999

Abstract

This paper comments on some of the different senses of the notion of discourse in the various relevant literatures and then overviews the basic features of a coherent discourse analytic programme in Psychology. Parker's approach is criticised for (a) its tendency to reify discourses as objects; (b) its undeveloped notion of analytic practice; (c) its vulnerability to common sense assumptions. It ends by exploring the virtues of 'interpretative repertoires' over 'discourses' as an analytic/theoretical notion.

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