Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Discursive Psychology

  • Stephanie Taylor
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_82


Discursive psychology is a relatively new field or subdiscipline of psychology. It developed in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, mainly from social constructionism and discourse analysis (see entries), and is strongly associated with methodological innovation and the analysis of language data. However, its greater importance is theoretical, through the challenges it has presented to conceptualizations of key psychological phenomena, such as remembering, attitudes, emotions, and to understandings of the person. It continues to be marked by disputes about its proper territory and practice, and also to generate new and differently named fields of work.


Discursive psychology is a field or subdiscipline of psychology centered on the analysis of language data, especially transcribed talk. Psychological phenomena which have more conventionally been theorized as innate, often with reference to cognition (e.g., attitudes, remembering, emotion), are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK