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Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject

Taylor, Stephanie (2015). Discursive and psychosocial? Theorising a complex contemporary subject. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) pp. 8–21.

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This article outlines one tradition of qualitative research in social psychology, that of discourse analysis and discursive research. It proposes that the tradition offers an alternative conceptualisation of a psychosocial subject to accounts which draw on psychoanalytic theorising. The article reviews some of the problems around conceptualising a subject in discursive terms, then sets out some resolutions. It outlines a narrative-discursive approach to subjectivity and proposes that this is consistent with a psychosocial project to explore the person as inseparable from their social contexts. The narrative-discursive conceptualisation admits of agency and change, avoiding over-complete accounts of subjectification, while retaining the critical and political focus of the discursive tradition. It is also consistent with sociological theorisations of the subjects of late capitalism and neo-liberalism. The article discusses an example of narrative-discursive analysis from research on identities of residence and relationships to place.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1478-0895
Extra Information: To be published in Special Issue:Researching the Psychosocial 12(1), Taylor, J. McAvoy and D.Langdridge (eds)
Keywords: narrative-discursive; subjectivity; emergence; neo-liberalism; psychosocial; relationships to place
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40679
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 10:49
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 12:25
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