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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


The emotions are often defined in contrast to rational thought. They are conceived to be natural bodily experiences and expressions, older than language, irrational and subjective, unconscious rather than deliberate, genuine rather than artificial, feelings rather than thoughts, indeed anything but central topics for a book on ‘discourse and cognition’. Yet these categories and contrasts are precisely what signal their importance for discursive psychology. Their significance is in how they are conceived, how they may be defined, and especially in how various emotion categories contrast with alternative emotions, with non-emotional states, with rational conduct, and so on, within the discursive construction of reality and mind. Emotion discourse is rich and various, full of contrasts and alternatives, and marvellously useful in working up descriptions of ...

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