Discursive Awareness and Resourcefulness: Bringing Discursive Researchers into Closer Dialogue with Discursive Therapists?

  • Tom Strong


Discourse analysis, such as analyses of mental health discourse, has enabled researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to step back from communications in order to see what is constructed in and from them. The great phenomenologist Edmund Husserl (1913) had suggested that such stepping back would help us to break with our natural attitude towards understanding experience. Thus, most discourse analysts do their analyses from afar — viewing videotapes or other media representations, or peering at transcripts, integrating findings from prior discourse analyses, and offering their accounts of what transpired and resulted from different kinds of communications in which they had not participated. Such critical and analytic distance clearly offers useful knowledge, yet what if one could deploy the analytic sensitivities of discourse analysts to participate in the immediacies of helping dialogue?


Family Therapy Discourse Analysis Conversation Analysis Narrative Therapy Discursive Resourcefulness 
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