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`For those already familiar with discursive work it will be a joy - Edwards writes with enormous clarity and insight. For psychologists whose work involves an understanding of the relations between language and cognition this book will be essential reading.... This is a demanding book that will repay close attention. It can also be dipped into as a resource for the brilliant reworkings of traditional psychological topic areas, such as emotion, language, cognition, categories, AI, narrative, scripts and developmental psychology. If you want a glimpse into the future of psychology, get this book - the end of cognitivism starts here' - History and Philosophy of Psychology The central project of this mult

An Informal Introduction
An informal introduction

This book is an exercise in discursive psychology. Its aim is to outline and illustrate an approach to the relations between language and cognition, in which the primary and defining thing about language is how it works as a kind of activity, as discourse. The focus on cognition is part of an abiding interest in discursive psychology, which has sought to establish itself in contrast to the dominant perspective of the discipline, which is cognitive psychology, while at the same time shifting the focus of analytic attention. It would be peculiar if the sorts of phenomena that discursive psychology manages to reveal, given its opposition to prevailing paradigms of method and explanation, fell neatly into the same set of categories ...

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