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Critical Discursive Psychology


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ian Parker
      Pages 1-8
  3. Theoretical Discourse, Subjectivity and Critical Psychology

  4. Enlightenment, Realism and Power (and Their Reverse)

  5. The Turn to Discourse as a Critical Theoretical Resource

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ian Parker
      Pages 129-147
    3. Jonathan Potter, Margaret Wetherell, Rosalind Gill, Derek Edwards
      Pages 165-175
  6. Critical Discursive Research, Subjectivity and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-192

About this book


This book introduces key issues and historical contexts in critical discursive research in psychology. It sets out methodological steps for critical readings of texts, arguments that can be made for qualitative research in academic settings, and arguments that could be made against it by critical psychologists.


Critical Discursive Discourse analysis Foucault Derrida social constructionism theory psychology Critical Psychology discourse Marx postmodernism qualitative research realism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

About the authors

Ian Parker is Professor of Management in the School of Management at the University of Leicester, and Honorary Professor in Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. He is co-Director of the Discourse Unit ( and a visiting professor at universities in the UK, Brazil, Belgium, South Africa and Spain.

Bibliographic information


"Critical Discursive Psychology collects more than a decade's intellectual work into a single volume...readers now have easy-access to some of the most pertinent, theoretically inspiring, and discursively engaged of Parker's contributions." - Catriona Macleod and Lindy Wilbraham, Psychology in Society