- A timely overview of the breadth and depth of discourse research, ideal for undergraduates and also a great resource for postgraduate research students embarking on a discursive project
- No other text offers the same range of coverage - from the core topics of social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and relationships to lesser known areas such as small group phenomena
- Includes a host of student-friendly features such as chapter outlines, key terms, a glossary, activity questions, classic studies and further reading
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.
Chris McVittie Queen Margaret University.