Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Discursive Configuration

  • Gian Piero Turchi
  • Romanelli Michele
  • Federico Bonazza
  • Anna Girardi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_569


The concept of “discursive configuration” (Turchi, 2002; Turchi & Della Torre, 2007) is based on the assumption that which is defined by interagents as “reality” is generated dialogically in the use of ordinary language as an instrument which creates reality rather than a vehicle of communication of the same. Within psychology, this concept developed in line with theories developed from the twentieth century onwards (including: Berger & Luckmann, 1966; Bruner, 1997; Mead, 1934; Salvini, 1988, 1998; Salvini & Galieni, 2002), which focus on the symbolic exchange that takes shape in the interaction between speakers through the use of language, which is understood as the process of constructing the meaning of social action. In the same way as the schools of discursive psychology (Billig, 1996; De Grada & Bonaiuto, 2002; Harré & Gillett, 1996; Potter & Wetherell, 1987) and critical psychology (Holzkamp, 1972; Teo 1998, 2009) have embraced the ideas of various authors, even...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gian Piero Turchi
    • 1
  • Romanelli Michele
    • 2
  • Federico Bonazza
    • 3
  • Anna Girardi
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Applied PsychologyUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Applied PsychologyUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Applied PsychologyUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly
  4. 4.Department of Applied PsychologyUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly