Discursive psychology

Taylor, Stephanie (2014). Discursive psychology. In: Teo, Thomas ed. Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer, pp. 463–467.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_82


Discursive psychology is a relatively new field or sub-discipline of psychology. It developed in the late 20th and early 21st century, mainly from social constructionism and discourse analysis (see entries) and is strongly associated with methodological innovation and the analysis of language data. However, its greater importance is theoretical, through the challenges it has presented to conceptualisations of key psychological phenomena, such as remembering, attitudes, emotions, and to understandings of the person. It continues to be marked by disputes about its proper territory and practice, and also to generate new and differently named fields of work.

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