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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

Shared Knowledge
Shared knowledge

‘Shared knowledge’ is a topic that invokes a wide range of concerns in philosophy, psychology, and social science. It plays a part in sub-disciplines such as social cognition, discourse comprehension, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, ‘distributed cognition’ (Engestrôm and Middleton, 1996), cultural psychology, as well as in sociological and anthropological notions of social order and culture itself, and more besides these. It also features as an analytic concern in discursive psychology, and this chapter outlines how.

The first part of the chapter takes some examples of work in psycho-linguistics, especially Herbert Clark's, in which psychological studies of shared knowledge have come closest to the study of everyday discourse. Various problems are raised with regard to the conception of discourse as ‘conveying information’ within an ...

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