Social Psychology and Discourse adopts the explanatory framework typical of experimental social psychology textbooks and, using a completely novel approach, applies this framework to discourse analysis in psychology. The contributions of discourse analysis to areas such as the self, relationships, and social cognition as well as the applied areas of law, health and organisational contexts are introduced to students unfamiliar with qualitative research.
Drawing on a range of examples from UK, European and US research, McKinlay and McVittie provide key coverage of theory and methodology as well as current debates. Featuring chapter outlines, key terms, a glossary, activity questions, classic studies and further reading, this is an invaluable companion for those studying social psychology, communication studies and discourse analysis.
What is social psychology?.
The nature of social psychology.
Social psychology as a science.
Social psychology: Its methods and data.
What is discourse?.
The nature of discourse.
Conversation analysis (CA).
Discourse analysis (DA).
Critical discourse analysis (CDA).
Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA).
Discursive psychology (DP).
Other forms of qualitative study.
A note on ethics.
About this book.
Appendix: A note on transcription.
2. Self and Identity.
Identities in context.
Identities in culture.
Nations and time.
Nations and place.
Other community identities.
Selves in action.
The impact of groups.
Groups and social representations.
Groups, self and others.
Homogeneity and heterogeneity.
Roles within the group.
4. Attraction and Relationships.
Sexual attraction and desire.
Partnership and marriage.
Parenting in families.
Parenting and society.
Caring in families.
Peers and friends.
Collaboration among peers.
Teasing and exclusion.
Troubles and breaking up.
Family and relationship troubles.
5. Social Cognition.
Knowledge of others and mental states.
Knowing and mental models.
Not knowing and the sequential structure of conversation.
Knowing and not knowing: Beyond cognitive states.
6. Attitudes and Persuasion.
Attitude and control.
Constructing attitudes and evaluative practices.
Persuasion and ideology.
Mundane persuasion in everyday talk.
Prejudice and discourse.
Constructing the other .
Managing the self.
Racist talk in context.
What the papers say.
8. Dispute and Aggression.
Disputes in talk.
Agreeing to disagree: The usefulness of disagreement.
Disagreement and dispute: Power and participant s orientations.
Accounting for aggression.
Making aggression invisible.
9. Social Psychology, Law and Order.
Lawyers in the Courtroom.
The role of the lawyer in cross examination.
The role of the lawyer in direct examination.
Witnesses in the courtroom.
The expert witness.
The role of the judge.
Treatment of offenders.
10. Social Psychology and Health.
What is health?.
The ideology of health.
Health and gender.
Coping and support.
Coping as an individual.
Professional / patient encounters.
Health behaviours and change.
Health and individual behaviour.
Health in the community.
11. Social Psychology and Organisations.
Talk and organizations.
Organisations and culture.
Behaviour at work.
Leadership and decision–making.
Employment and non–employment.
Organisations and society.
Organisations and change.
Dealing with clients / customers.
Learning about organizations.
12. Debates Within the Discursive Tradition.
The external context debate.
Critical discourse analysis.
The membership categorization analysis debate.
Membership categorization analysis and sequential conversation analysis.
Membership categorization analysis and warranting claims.
The social constructionism debate.
Disappearance of the person.
13. Social Psychology in the 21st Century.
Arguments for research independence.
Philosophical differences between discursive and experimental research.
Methodological differences between discursive and experimental research.
Arguments for research integration.
Rethinking philosophical differences.
Rethinking methodological differences.
The future of social psychology.