Discursive psychology and the study of gender: a contested space

Edley, Nigel and Wetherell, Margaret (2008). Discursive psychology and the study of gender: a contested space. In: Harrington, Kate; Litosseliti, Lia; Saunston, Helen and Sunderland, Jane eds. Gender and Language Research Methodologies. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 161–173.

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[From book introduction] In Chapter 11, Nigel Edley and Margaret Wetherell identify a particular challenge for discursive psychology, that is, to fruitfully combine analytical principles from both branches – in the face of critics who maintain that macro-analysis of discourse patterns works at the expense of micro-analysis of the interactional context of talk (Wooffitt, 2005). They claim that an expanded and integrative discursive psychology that assumes a broad understanding of constructionism and aims to work across both the micro and the macro would in principle combine a focus on ‘how speakers construct (and use) gender categories and how they are constructed – as gendered beings – by those very categories’.

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